Sandhill Crane baby season is here! Have you seen these fluffy babies around your neighborhood recently? The Sandhill Crane is the City of St. Cloud’s official bird. With their babies out and about we wanted to take a moment to share some information about these birds with the community.
These birds are protected by the US Migratory Bird treaty act and as a state designated threatened species by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule. The public should refrain from feeding these birds. Harassing and harming the birds is also against the law (code 68AS-4.00(3)). However, you should admire the birds, take photos of them, respect their habitat, stop for them when they cross the street, and report an injured birds to local wildlife centers.
If you do find an injured Sandhill Crane there are a few rescue contacts that might be able to help:
Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
407-568-5138 or [email protected]
Osceola Animal Services
407-742-8000, option 3
Sea World Avian Rescue
FWC Certified Avian Rehabilitation
Elizabeth Waba-Daniels 407-791-5613
One of our favorite facts about these birds is that they choose one mate for life.