Wildlife experts provide bird-watching tour

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A group of people sharing a common interest riding in a car along county roads with the windows rolled down and music playing may be a common scene in the summer.

But add a naturalist, a park ranger, 40-degree weather and a couple hundred dancing and singing cranes in the winter, and the scene turns into something entirely different.

For the first time, Starve Hollow State Recreation Area naturalist Sandy Derringer and Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge park ranger Donna Stanley teamed up during the weekend to lead participants around the county to spots popular with sandhill cranes and the somewhat lesser known nesting grounds of bald eagles.

“We have wonderful wildlife spectacles in Jackson County, and people don’t know,” Stanley said during a tour Saturday morning.

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