Sandhill cranes have a family life that we humans relate to easily. They mate for life, live long lives, stay together as a family unit for many months, including when they migrate, and have a complex system of communication that includes posturing, dancing and many vocals that establish who they are and their breeding and feeding territory, helping to maintain order with their neighbors.
The male sandhill crane below is initiating a dance.
He gets the attention of his chick and the chick responds with excitement.
And tries to imitate the dance.
celebrating sandhill cranes for 22 years at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Tennessee.
There is no other species of bird in Tennessee that creates this kind of spectacle, offers this type of visibility, has a compelling conservation story, and affords us a viewing opportunity that we use to both celebrate and educate the public about wildlife and wildlife conservation in Tennessee.TWRA survey of Tennessee residents. That same survey revealed that 62% of Tennessee residents were opposed to sandhill crane hunting and 62% of wildlife watchers were opposed to hunting sandhill cranes.
Listen to the message in the video below and click on the Take Action Now link that follows. The link will take you to a website with the email addresses of all the commissioners and give you a list of talking points to help you write your letters. We want our Commissioners to know that this is not just about the "impact" to the Eastern Population of Sandhill Cranes--whether the population can sustain a hunt--this is also about the impact on people who have celebrated and revered sandhill cranes in Tennessee for more than 22 years.
Help us stop this hunt with your letters and phone calls.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
All of the sandhill crane family images in this post were taken by Christy Yuncker at Christy Yuncker Photo Journal Visit her beautiful sandhill crane images and the story of the sandhill cranes that live on her property.
Results of Tennessee Resident and Hunter's Survey on Knowledge of and Opinions on Sandhill Cranes
62% of residents are opposed to hunting sandhill cranes; only 42% of hunters support and 35% are opposed; 62% of wildlife watchers are opposed.
TN Ornithological Society's Position on Sandhill Crane Hunt
Report from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Hunting could hurt genetic diversity.
The Tennessean's Poll: Do you think the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Should Allow a 60-day Sandhill Crane Hunting Season?
Nashville Tennessean report on issue with video of crane vocalizations
Richard Simms Comments at Nooga.com
Tennessee's Magestic Sandhill Cranes, TN Conservationist article telling the history of sandhill cranes and the festival in Tennessee
Wintering Sandhill Cranes: three blog posts with close up photos and stories about sandhill cranes wintering at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge; first post is at the bottom
Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival
About Sandhill Cranes
Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission
Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge
Announcement from TWRA requesting Pubic Input
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Other posts on this blog discussing key issues in Tennessee's Sandhill Crane hunt proposal in 2010.
Sandhill Crane Hunting in Tennessee--Multiple Factors say No!
Greater Sandhill Crane--An Intimate View of Family Life
Links to sandhill crane posts related to hunting proposals in both Kentucky and Tennessee
The history of sandhill crane hunt initiatives in the east at the Kentucky Coalition for Sandhill Cranes website
Summary of the 2011 USFWS National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Activity
National overview 2011 USFWS National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Activity
Tennessee's Survey Results To find your state click here