Excerpts from Still Following the Feathered and Flowered


Months ago, when I first went up to the top of the hill half a mile from home to look at the Sandhill Cranes, I knew that this new-found passion for the birds would be all-consuming in my future.

          I've followed our Greater Sandhill Cranes to the south where they winter, and to the north toward their nesting grounds. I've estimated their numbers at our reservoir, and talked on the phone and by email to people interested in our birds. I've followed the progress of reintroduction programs of the Whooping Crane at home, and I've kept track of the efforts of the Eastern Partnership that includes the International Crane foundation, Operation Migration, and a number of federal agencies. I've regularly checked the ICF website. For years, I've yearned to travel to the Foundation's headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin to see the fifteen species of the world's cranes that are accommodated there. Now here I am, at the annual meeting of ICF. It seems like a dream, but this is real.


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Photographs in this section were taken by Karen Derrick, and drawings by Sally Dearmond were modeled on Karen's photographs.



















Section I


Ah, the places I have been……..



Part 1: Baraboo, Wisconsin in September



In Part 1, I finally make the trip to Baraboo, Wisconsin to attend the International Crane Foundation's annual meeting in September. Part 2 describes the Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival at Hoquiam, Washington with my dear friend, Martha Mohan. In Part 3, I follow the migration route of our Sandhill Cranes: first to the south, then to the north. In Part 4, Allen and I return to one of our special places, the Cochetopa Valley in Colorado. Part 5 is about two birds of particular interest to me: the Great Horned Owl and the Black Swift.

          Section II is "Birding by the Seasons," at Hart's Basin near our home, and nearby areas. Our Sandhill Cranes figure largely in these pieces.