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Sharing one of our favorites from last year’s Winter Bucket List Series - Cosumnes River Preserve in California, for the Trumpet and Dance of the Sandhill Crane.

The Cosumnes River Preserve is home to California’s largest remaining valley oak riparian forest, and is one of the few protected wetland habitat areas in the state.

Nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley, the Preserve is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Over 250 species of birds have been sighted on or near the Preserve, including the Swainson hawk, Canada geese, numerous ducks, and Sandhill cranes.

Sandhill cranes - gray-colored birds with red caps - stand up to 5 feet tall and have a wing span of 6 to 7 feet. They fly in for winter to fatten up, and perform acrobatic mating dances.  A must for the bucket list of any bird watcher. Photos by BLMer Bob Wick.

A video posted by Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands) on Nov 25, 2015 at 9:40am PST


If you missed this series last year visit our My Public Lands Flickr for more locations ready-made for everyone’s bucket list - for spectacular winter scenery, unique features and events, and even a few warmer locations for a winter getaway.
 

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#mypubliclandsroadtrip stops by the Cosumnes River Preserve, home to California’s largest remaining valley oak riparian forest and one of the few protected wetland habitat areas in the state.

Nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley, the 46,000 acres preserve is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Over 250 species of birds have been sighted on or near the preserve, including the State-listed threatened Swainson hawk, greater and lesser sandhill cranes, Canada geese and numerous ducks. 

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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