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Sunday Jan 16th - 50,000 Sandhill Cranes plus Bald Eagles!

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My Singles Meetup is going to this and we'd enjoy any TNWILD members going with us!.

Hiawassee Wildlife Refuge
Hamilton County-Meigs County line
Birchwood, TN 37308

The 2011 Hiwassee Crane Viewing Days, January 15-16, was named a Top 20 Event list by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2002, and it is FREE! Where the Hiwassee River flows into the Tennessee River, and Hamilton County meets Meigs County, 50,000 migrating sandhill cranes stop at the Hiwassee Refuge along with whooping cranes, egrets, great blue heron, double-crested cormorants, bald and golden eagles, and other waterfowl and songbirds.

This is certainly a magnificent sight and a must-see for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.

Depending on how many people want to go, we can meet somewhere that's convenient around Chattanooga proper, then head up there together, and also grab a bite to eat while we're up there. Whatever time we leave is negotiable also. If any of you have been to the Refuge before, please post your tips and ideas.

On Sunday, January 16th, both the Hiwassee Refuge and the Cherokee Memorial will remain open for viewing wildlife and Cherokee Indian heritage memorials and displays. The TWRA, the Tennessee Aquarium, and members of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society personnel will be available with viewing scopes to provide visitors with wildlife interpretation.

It officially will be the 20th anniversary of the Crane Viewing Days, which has seen as many as 7,000 visiters during this annual celebration, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Crane Viewing Days celebrates the rich Native American and wildlife heritage found around the confluence of the Hiwassee and Tennessee Rivers.
Last year, during the annual late winter bird count at the Hiwassee Refuge, there were 40,000 sandhill cranes using the area, and 1,500 ducks and geese.

2011 Sandhill Crane Days Announced
posted October 5, 2010

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