Serving Waitsburg, Dayton and the Touchet Valley

Around the Valley : with Karen Huwe

Parts of the Columbia NWR are closed from February 1 to April 30 so the sandhill cranes will not be disturbed. The cranes feed in fields of waste corn in the early mornings and early evenings to gather and store fat energy so they can continue their flight to Alaska. When not feeding they gather at places like Marsh Unit 1 which is near water and closed to hikers. If you like seeing birds in their habitat, take a road trip. You will also see swans, pelicans, ducks and numerous smaller birds.


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