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Sandhill Cranes I

“Sandhill Cranes I”

69″ x 48″

Graphite on Tyvek

Sandhill Cranes mate for life, choosing their partners based on dancing displays. Their populations recover slowly, partly because each breeding pair usually has only one chick per year that survives to fledging. The Michigan State legislature continues to consider adding Sandhill Cranes as a game hunting species in Michigan. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says if the state of Michigan asks, it will grant permission to hunt the bird. The species was almost hunted into extinction in the early 20th century in Michigan, but has made a rebound and populations are doing well.