Hundreds of cranes arrive at the Hiwassee in time for the Sandhill Cranes Festival

Crane Festival

The windy hilltops at the Hiwassee Refuge welcomed their annual visitors, the Sandhill Cranes.

Jason Jackson is the Hiwassee Refuge Wildlife Manager, he says, " They migrate from up north when the weather gets cold."

The work of mother nature attracted 700 people to Meigs County to enjoy the two-day long Sandhill Crane Festival.

The Festival celebrated the rich wildlife of the state.

Jason, says the cranes continue to attract more and more visitors each year.

He adds, "everybody gets excited especially to see that many when they’re flying."

He say most cranes will stay here through the winter but some of them will head further south.

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