Sandhill crane migration expected March 8 - 10, 2024 this year
During the spring, usually around March and April, the cranes head north to their breeding grounds in the northern United States, Canada, and even Siberia. In the fall, around September and October, they migrate south to warmer areas for the winter.
The Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado is a popular spot for birdwatchers to observe the sandhill crane migration. Thousands of cranes gather in the area, providing a stunning display as they move in flocks across the sky.
The refuge hosts the annual Monte Vista Crane Festival, which attracts bird enthusiasts from around the region. The festival is March 8 - 10, 2024.
If you're interested in witnessing this natural spectacle, it's advisable to check the specific timing of the migration (this year is expected to be early March), as it can vary slightly each year. Additionally, be sure to respect wildlife and adhere to any guidelines or regulations in place for observing migratory birds in protected areas.