During the summer these large birds, approximately 45 to 50 inches tall with a 75 to 80 inch wingspan, spend their time on breeding territories in Alaska, Canada, and the northern United States.
Crex has a small population of sandhills that stay and nest in the park. Sandhills like to nest in bogs, marshes, or wet grasslands which makes Crex optimal breeding habitat.
Sandhill nests are made of vegetation and are usually free floating on the water or anchored to vegetation. If you look carefully during the early summer you might be lucky enough to see a colt, sandhill chicks are called colts, walking along side its parents in the tall grass.
Colts are able to walk shortly after hatching and are able to feed themselves within 24 hours after hatching. Sandhill cranes eat mostly seeds and grain but will also supplement their diet with a little protein, insects or small vertebrates.