Sandhill Cranes Return to Whitewater Draw

Sandhill cranes at the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area. | Tam Ryan

One of Arizona's most anticipated annual wildlife events has occurred: Sandhill cranes are back at Whitewater Draw near McNeal.

The distinctive birds, known for their red crowns, arrive at the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area every fall and stay there until March or April, when they migrate north. The wildlife area is northeast of Bisbee in Arizona's southeastern corner.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has set up a live stream of the cranes at the wildlife area. The department says the best time to see them is right around sunrise, after which the cranes leave the roost to feed. They return later in the morning and usually stay there for the rest of the day. To view the live stream, click here.

To learn more about the animals that call Arizona home, pick up a copy of the new Arizona Highways Wildlife Guide, which features 125 of the state's native species.

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