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September 28, 2010

BABCOCK, Wis. - People have a unique opportunity to join biologists in viewing the daily return of thousands of sandhill cranes to the Gallagher Marsh on Sandhill Wildlife Area, following a day of feeding in surrounding agricultural fields during a "Crane Watch Clinic," being offered by the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center on Saturday, October 23.

These majestic birds were once nearly extinct in Wisconsin but have rebounded and now number in the tens of thousands. Participants should arrive by 3 p.m. and expect to leave around 7 p.m. Dress warmly in neutral colored clothes (camouflage preferred) and waterproof boots. Cameras, binoculars or spotting scopes are also recommended if participants have them, and attendees should be prepared for rain or shine because it doesn't matter to the birds.

Registration is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis and is confirmed by mailing in a registration fee of $15 per person by Oct. 15. Checks should be made out to DNR-Skills Center. Include the name of each participant, and the address and daytime phone number of one person in each party. Send your registration fee to: Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, PO Box 156, Babcock, WI 54413. Inquiries on the status of registrations may be sent via e-mail to:

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center is located 20 miles west of Wisconsin Rapids on County Highway X, 1 mile north of Highway 80 near Babcock, Wisconsin on the 9,000 acre Department of Natural Resources Sandhill Wildlife Area.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandhill Skills Center at: (715) 884-6333 or (715) 884-2437

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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