I felt so blessed to see these amazing birds in Yellowstone National Park this summer. Sandhill Cranes are magnificent. I’d never seen them before this trip. We spotted a pair in Utah as we drove by at 65 mph. We couldn’t stop and really look at them. I was thrilled when Greg spotted this pair out in a meadow as we drove through Yellowstone. They were pretty far away and I know it’s not a great shot. I didn’t want to get too close. I stood by the road and shot to the limits of my telephoto. But, as any birder knows, you feel a connection to birds you see in the wild and they become, in some way, yours.
So, when I read on 10,000 Birds about Tennessee’s proposed hunting season on Sandhill Cranes, I felt a little sick. I’m not anti-hunting. However, I do question what Tennessee has done here. They planted crops designed to get the Sandhill Cranes to stop in their state during their migration by the thousands and they created a festival around their arrival. Now, it’s becoming too much somewho and they are proposing cutting back on the feeding and opening a hunting season on them. Say what?
I have read 10,000 Birds for years and trust them. I’ve read Julie Zickefoose for years as well and I trust her as well. Read the article, read the comments, and see if you aren’t moved to write to the state wildlife managers and suggest they not start hunting Sandhill Cranes in Tennessee.
What a crying shame that would be . . .