Muscatatuck hosting Celebration of Cranes

Celebration of Cranes will be conducted Saturday at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 12985 E. U.S. 50, Seymour.

Thousands of sandhill cranes have been wintering in Jackson County, and February is usually a key migration period when the birds pass through the area.

Everyone who enjoys wildlife is invited to come out and join refuge staff and volunteers for an afternoon of watching and learning about the “gray ghosts” of the sky.

There will be free bird crafts for children from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the visitor center. An interpretive program on sandhill cranes will be at 1 p.m. at the visitor center.

Two guided car caravan-type crane tours will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Both tours will leave from the visitor center, and no advance registration is needed. Self-guided tour information also will be available throughout the day for those who would like to view cranes on their own.

Information: Email muscatatuck@fws.gov or call 812-522-4352, ext. 12