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By Sigrid Olson

Colts and Goslings Cracking Eggs


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

Photo taken May 1 of a greater sandhill crane in the Potomac Valley. They nest and hatch their young in the highlands and valleys around Potomac.

POTOMAC - There are more than 100 individual Canada geese (Branta canadensis) and 250 individual greater sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) nesting and hatching their eggs near Potomac waterways.

Surveys are not conducted in Potomac for Canada geese numbers but they are completed for sandhill cranes.

"In the Blackfoot-Ovando area, sandhill crane numbers have been increasing over the last 15 years, as indicated by an aerial survey that is done each year in September," said Central Flyway Migratory Bird Coordinator Jim Hansen of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP). During the September 2...

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