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Sandhill Wildlife Area Crane Watch

Saturday10/213:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Observe flocks of Sandhill cranes landing for the evening in the Gallagher Marsh at Sandhill Wildlife Area from 3 p.m. to sunset. Guests are asked to register in the logbook and pick up a map at the kiosk near the entrance gate. Follow the 14-mile one-way Trumpeter Trail auto tour to the parking area near Gallagher Marsh and then take the hiking trail. Cross the bridge to the last observation tower that overlooks Sandhill’s largest marsh where you will be able to observe flocks of Sandhill cranes.

Take the Trumpeter Trail any time during the Wisconsin Science Festival and travel through a variety of habitats where you will observe different wildlife species. Interpretive signs are located along the trail that provide information on wildlife, habitat management and unique features. You may stop anywhere along the route to get out and hike, take photos or climb the observation towers, but please do not block the road or any of the service roads or gates.

PLEASE NOTE: The fence and exterior gates at Sandhill Wildlife Area help maintain the property as a research and demonstration facility. The gates are always closed, but when unlocked and open for use, you are welcome to manually open the gate and enter the property. Please be sure to close the gate behind you. We appreciate your assistance in keeping the property secure.

Sandhill Wildlife Area is located in southwestern Wood Country, approximately 25 miles south of Marshfield and 17 miles west of Wisconsin Rapids. The headquarters and visitor’s entrance is 1 mile west of Babcock on County Highway X. The address is 1715 Cty Hwy X, Babcock, WI 54413.

Event Type:
Citizen Science, Open House/Tour


Sandhill Wildlife Area
1715 County Hwy X
Babcock, WI 54413 United States


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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