Sandhill Cranes in a field, one standing up and one lying down
  • Throughout the fall, sandhill cranes migrate south for the winter, taking respite in Michigan's lower counties before the next leg of their journey to southern states.

    Standing 5 feet tall with 6-foot wingspans and unmistakable bright red heads, they are a stunning sight. Sandhill cranes can be found feeding on seeds and grains in agricultural fields or browsing on wetland plants, insects and amphibians in marshlands throughout Jackson and Washtenaw counties.