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Outing #2 Watching Sandhill Cranes & Bald Eagles at Hiwassee Refuge

One of Tennessee's grandest wildlife spectacles is the Sandhill Crane migration. They gather by the thousands each winter at the Hiwassee Refuge about one hour north of Chattanooga. We will depart the Starbucks on Hamilton Place Blvd shortly after 10am and carpool / caravan to the Hiwassee Refuge. We expect to see lots of cranes and will probably see Bald Eagles and lots of ducks.

Tennessee Wild will have a spotting scope so you can safely view these birds from the viewing platform. Your own binoculars are recommended, but not required.

Bring a bag lunch and consider a hot beverage in a thermos. Dress in layers and expect it to be cold, but delightfully enjoyable.

If you would like to travel to the platform independently, here is a link to the TWRA website featuring directions. We expect to be at the platform from 11am - 1pm.

Group size limited to 40. This is a second scheduled outing due to high demand.

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  • Holly H.

    I was grateful to be around folks with lots of bird knowledge. Just wish it would've lasted longer.

    January 14, 2013

  • christa

    What a great day! Thank you, Jeff....I look forward to more outings and educational talks!

    January 13, 2013

  • Judy I.

    My husband and I had a wonderful time! Can't wait to be more involved with TN Wild!

    January 13, 2013

  • Stan W.

    Had a great time watching all of the birds. Saw my first 2 Whooping Cranes which was an amazing opportunity. Enjoyed meeting new people.

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yup. another great meetup with the a new group of diverse birders, some having just picked up their new passion. Beautiful day, incredible birding, wonderful folk.

    January 13, 2013

  • Vivian

    Great to see so many cranes in one place! Wish we could have seen more bald eagles, but maybe next time. IF you have good binoculars bring em next time, I'm going to invest in some so I can see more!

    January 12, 2013

  • Jim H

    My Garmin GPS wouldn't accept the format of[masked], -84.989953. In case anyone has the same problem, I found that it converts to N 35° 23' 59.9", W 084° 59' 23.8" which my Garmin would accept.

    January 12, 2013

  • Betsy F.

    I am coming with a friend who can't make it til later in the day, so catch y'all next time.

    January 12, 2013

  • Steve G.

    Leslie and I will meet you at the site. See you at 11

    January 12, 2013

  • Puspa

    As we discussed this evening, due to bad weather I may not be able to join the hike tomorrow morning. If I can I would be at Starbucks.

    January 12, 2013

  • christa

    My friends and I will be meeting at the nature center. Looking forward to it!

    1 · January 9, 2013

  • kathy f

    So far am going

    January 9, 2013

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