Getting ready for Crane Days

By Hank Lohmeyer


Every March brings the distinctive sound of the sandhill cranes calling in their big flocks circling high above the Surface Creek Valley.

The annual Eckert Crane Days, an event that observes and participates in the seasonal migration of the cranes, has been scheduled for March 18-20 this year.

The Black Canyon Audubon Society is the sponsor of the local observance activities which include scheduled viewings of the cranes' overnight stopover at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, and a Saturday presentation and homemade pie fundraiser at the Eckert Presbyterian Church.

The schedule of events is as follows:

• Friday, March 18; 9 to 11 a.m. viewing at Fruitgrowers Reservoir.

• Saturday, March 19; 9 to 11 a.m. viewing at Fruitgrowers Reservoir.

From 1 to 2 p.m. speaker and pie social at Eckert Presbyterian Church. This year's speaker will be Dan Neubaum, a wildlife biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife speaking on "Big Cliffs and Little Pools: Their Importance to Bats."

• Sunday, March 20; 9 to 11 a.m. viewing at Fruitgrowers Reservoir.

The Black Canyon Audubon Society suggests any of the events as a perfect outing for the whole family to enjoy.