Thursday, March 23, 2006

The rumors are true!

At last! I’ve been hearing rumors that flocks of Sandhill cranes have been seen (and heard) flying over the Arboretum during the past few weeks. It gives me great pleasure to report that during my lunchtime walk today, I saw hundreds of cranes flying over the Arboretum! For me, the spring and fall migration of the cranes are two seasonal events to be celebrated! If you’re interested in learning more about Sandhill cranes, some good starting points include:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
International Crane Foundation
Illinois Natural History Survey

Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area
The Baker Sanctuary

While much of our Library collection focuses on works relating to botany and horticulture, we do have significant resources on birds. If you are interested in learning more about these amazing birds, visit the Sterling Morton Library and explore these resources:
The cry of the sandhill crane by Steve Grooms -
Crane music : a natural history of American cranes by Paul A. Johnsgard - QL696.G8J59
Sandhill cranes by Lynn Stone - J QL696.G84 S76
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) which is in The Birds of North America, No. 31 - Reference QL681.B62
The sandhill cranes by Lawrence Walkinshaw - QL696.G8W3
In additon to these books, our journal collection contains such titles as Audubon, Bird Watcher's Digest, Living Bird, Illinois Audubon and National Wildlife which would also have articles of interest.

Want to learn more about all things ornithological?
Consider exploring the Ornithology Certificate Program at the Arboretum.

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