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BLM Winter Bucket List #9: Cosumnes River Preserve, California, for the Trumpet and Dance of the Sandhill Crane | by mypubliclands
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BLM Winter Bucket List #9: Cosumnes River Preserve, California, for the Trumpet and Dance of the Sandhill Crane

BLM Winter Bucket List #9: Cosumnes River Preserve, California, for the Trumpet and Dance of the Sandhill Crane

 

The Cosumnes River Preserve is home to California’s largest remaining valley oak riparian forest, and is one of the few protected wetland habitat areas in the state.

 

Nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley, the Preserve is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Over 250 species of birds have been sighted on or near the Preserve, including the Swainson hawk, Canada geese, numerous ducks, and Sandhill cranes.

 

Sandhill cranes - gray-colored birds with red caps - stand up to 5 feet tall and have a wing span of 6 to 7 feet. They fly in for winter to fatten up, and perform acrobatic mating dances. A must for the bucket list of any bird watcher.

 

Learn more: www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/folsom/cosumpres.html

 

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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Uploaded on December 31, 2014