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Sandhill cranes return to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta!

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As a photographer who was educated as a biologist, I have been fortunate to live is some of the most engaging environments in the U.S. When we lived in Wisconsin, while I was in graduate school, we enjoyed the migration of birds along the Mississippi Flyway. Now, in California, the migration is along the Pacific Flyway.

Randall Benton of The Sacramento Bee has produced a video of 3 ¼ minutes of Sandhill cranes returning to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Turn up your sound to listen to these magnificent birds as you watch their flight. Wikipedia says that “Sandhill cranes have one of the longest fossil histories of any extant bird.” “The oldest unequivocal sandhill crane fossil is 2.5 million years old,[11] older by half than the earliest remains of most living species of birds….” Sandhill cranes may be even older (10-million years old), if one sample in Nebraska is of this species.

Enjoy Mr. Benton’s video of Sandhill cranes and take another taste of natural California!

-Bill at

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