Corn donated for migrating cranes
NASHVILLE (AP) — Thousands of sandhill cranes migrate to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge near Chattanooga each winter.
But this year wildlife officials say they need help in providing food for these 7-foot-tall cranes.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is collecting donated bags of corn from co-ops or bird supply stores. The bags are being collected at local schools.
The food will be used to keep the 20,000 birds from leaving before the 16th annual Cherokee-Crane Festival, the largest wildlife viewing event in the state.
The event typically occurs in February, but has been moved up to January to ensure there is still plenty of food available.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
Published in The Messenger 12.27.07