From the Archive: Sandhill Cranes and Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, January 2022

Our first outing of the new year was to the Vancouver Lake Lowlands for a tour of the Sandhill Cranes wintering habitat, given by the Columbia Land Trust. Accompanied by the intrepid Rosa, we stayed with the cranes as long as we could in the cold wet weather, and then headed up to the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge for a circuit around their auto-tour before the early winter sunset. Four days later, during a break in the rain, Nancy and I returned first thing in the morning, to find the river socked in with fog. We sidetracked for a walk along Vancouver Lake, and then returned to the river to spend the rest of the cold sunny morning with the cranes.

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  1. […] Bend since 2016. Nancy blogged about that experience, and my photoblog from that trip is here. The Columbia Land Trust has a recording of a 2020 presentation that explains their project and the […]

  2. […] about the wintering habitat created there by the Columbia Land Trust in my previous blog posts from 2022 and 2023. On this visit, I saw several hundred cranes, mostly in the fields to the north of road […]