The Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis, is the most abundant of the world's 12 species of cranes.  It is widely distributed across North America, extending into northeastern Siberia and Cuba.  Sandhill Cranes are omnivorous residents of fresh water wetlands. A Miocene crane fossil, thought to be about ten million years old, was found in Nebraska and is structurally identical to the modern Sandhill crane, making it the oldest known bird species still surviving!  This group is at the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area south of Wilcox, Arizona, and north of Bisbee in the Sulphur Springs Valley.  Each year from October through February thousands of Sandhills winter in the Valley.



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