Throughout time and across the globe, cranes have symbolized longevity, wisdom, immortality, happiness and good fortune. Here is a gift of cranes as we welcome the new year.
There are 15 species of cranes in the world, all in one family, Gruidae. They fall under three genera; each genera–Antigone, Balearica, Grus–is represented here today (pre-pandemic).
Antigone. The sandhill crane, Antigone canadensis, is one of North America’s two crane species.
While not all cranes are migratory, the sandhill cranes are.
In Northern California we welcome their migrations on the Pacific Flyway every winter.
Cranes are gregarious birds and form large flocks. They have specialized trachea and a big vocabulary, a very vocal bird.
Many cultures associate happiness with the crane, and it is easy to see why when you have witnessed…
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