Sandhill Crane Hunting in Tessee TN The modern era of sandhill crane hunting in Tennessee began with the late waterfowl season on November , and ran through January , The US, Canada and Mexico manage sandhill crane harvest through the same regulatory mechanisms as waterfowl and Sandhill Crane Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Regional Differences Sandhill Cranes are similar in plumage across their range, but they vary in size Lesser Sandhill Cranes breed in the Arctic and are the smallest the largest form Greater Sandhill Crane breeds in the northern U.S. Whooping crane The whooping crane Grus americana , the tallest North American bird, is an endangered crane species named for its whooping sound Along with the sandhill crane, it is one of only two crane species found in North America.The whooping crane s lifespan is estimated to be to years in the wild After being pushed to the brink of extinction by unregulated hunting and loss of habitat to just Cranes Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis Appearance Sandhill cranes Grus canadensis are long legged, long necked, gray, heron like birds with a patch of bald, red skin on top of their head. Whooping Crane International Crane Foundation FUN FACT The Whooping Crane is the tallest bird in North America. On Ancient Wings The Sandhill Cranes of North America Rising from sandbars on the Platte River with clarion calls, the sandhill crane Grus canadensis feels the urgency of spring migration.Elegant, noble, and spiritual, the sandhill crane is one of the most ancient of all birds. Whooping Crane Life History, All About Birds, Cornell Lab The Whooping Crane is the tallest bird in North America and one of the most awe inspiring, with its snowy white plumage, crimson cap, bugling call, and graceful courtship dance It s also among our rarest birds and a testament to the tenacity and creativity of conservation biologists The species declined to around birds in the s but, through captive breeding, wetland management, and an Whooping Crane Audubon Field Guide One of the rarest North American birds, and also one of the largest and most magnificent Once fairly widespread on the northern prairies, it was brought to the brink of extinction in the s, but strict protection has brought the wild population back to well over one hundred. Where to Photograph Sandhill Cranes On Manitoulin Island MANITOULIN ISLAND, Ontario, Canada An important migratory staging ground for birds My preferred time to visit is during fall migration, anytime between mid September to beginning of October, when you can easily observe hundreds of Sandhill Cranes.The cranes stop to feed and rest during the crossing of the Great Lakes, so they are relatively easy to find. Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary January marks the official launch of the Year of the Bird an exciting partnership between National Geographic, Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International, and dozens of other partners, in honor of the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.