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Quiz: How Sharp Are You When it Comes to Sandhill Cranes?





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Fall is one of the most common times of the year to spot sandhill cranes in northern Illinois, as they migrate south to their wintering grounds in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. In many cases, we hear their loud, trumpeting calls long before we see them, if we see them at all.

As they travel overhead, their bugling call is sometimes the only thing that alerts us to their presence. 

Take this quiz to see how much you know about these majestic birds making their way through our area.

Note: If on a mobile device, click here to take the quiz.

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