Gathering in large flocks in wetlands, these giants of the sky are easily identified by the rattling dinosaur-like calls that can be heard over 2.5 miles away! (Listen HERE)
In recent years they have become regulars to our area being regularly spotted out at Funk Bottoms Wilderness Area and the Killbuck Marsh (not to be mistaken for the Great Blue Herons and the Great Egrets that also regular the area). This particular flock was spotted just on the outskirts of the Killbuck Marsh a few days ago. With a spotting scope you can observe their nesting grounds off of Force Rd.
While their numbers have been increasing regularly, there is still a concern of the rapid draining and development of important wetlands where they nest and congregate.
Cranes can be found on every continent except Antartica.
There is much lore surrounding the crane-
Throughout Asia it is symbolic of happiness and eternal youth. In Japan it is a mystical creature symbolizing good fortune and longevity. In China, as a symbol of immortality, a mortal who attains immortality is carried off by a crane or sometimes has magical abilities to transform into a crane in order to fly on various journeys or adventures. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a with by a crane.
Having a crane as your totem welcomes longevity and creation through focus. As a bird of the waters, it can teach you to express your own feminine energies.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.