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Crane biologist to speak at Audubon meeting Oct. 1 in Nevada City

Sandhill cranes are the topic for the Oct. 1 meeting of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society.
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“The Private Lives of Sandhll Cranes” is the topic for the Oct. 1 meeting of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society.

Paul Tebbel, executive director of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center on the Lower American River in Carmichael and a crane biologist, will give the presentation starting at 7 p.m. at the Community Room of Nevada County’s Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.

Tebbel has been working with cranes both professionally and as his personal passion since 1976.



From 1995 to 2006, Tebbel was the manager of Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River where nearly 60,000 cranes roost every night during their spring migration.

Big, noisy and easily identified, sandhill cranes are popular birds with the public and create a substantial amount of interest every winter when they can be seen in the fields south of Sacramento, according to Tebbel.




Their behavior also makes them an excellent species to observe when exploring the ways birds communicate with one another.

Tebbel expects to cover the vocal and body language cranes use to communicate with one another, how to recognize juveniles, tell subspecies apart, distinguish between dancing and aggression and many other details.

Tebbel also will talk about threats to cranes and other wintering species as more farm land is converted to housing, vineyards or other uses not compatible with birds.


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