The Hermit Thrush

The Newsletter of the Green Mountain Audubon Society

Hermit ThrushWelcome to the newsletter of the Green Mountain Audubon Society. In this newsletter we hope to provide you with timely, informative articles about birds and birding in Vermont as well as current news about the activities of the GMAS. We welcome your comments and suggestions for improving this publication. Contact Us

Cranes! A Conversation with Keanna Leonard

1. Keanna, during March and April, the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary, where you work, probably hosts more Sandhill Cranes than any other place in the world. What makes Rowe so special? How was your season last year?

The big bend region of the Platte River in central Nebraska does host the largest concentration of any Cranes in Vermont
species of cranes in the world. From around Valentine’s Day to Tax Day (April 15th) we see over 500,000 cranes. Rowe Sanctuary is located just yards from the some the most pristine river habit that cranes use for roosting.

We had around 12,000 visitors from all 50 states and 44 countries last year to witness what has been dubbed one of the top ten wildlife spectacles in the world.