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.