Sandhill Cranes Focus of Next Wildlife Study Group

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Warner Wildlife Study Group

“Sandhill Cranes: The Oldest Living Bird Species” will be the focus for the next Werner Wildlife Study Group on Thursday, June 15. The event is free and open to the public.

Naturalist Mike Bardgett’s presentation will look at the natural history of the Sandhill crane with particular emphasis on Nebraska’s Platte River Valley where half a million cranes come to feed, rest, and roost each spring. He will share photos taken during his March 2017 trip to the birds’ Platte River breeding grounds. Bardgett, who obtained a B.S. from the University of Wyoming in wildlife management and conservation, is a Choctaw tribal member and Audubon Society member. Following his retirement from the Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Parks, and Natrona County School District, Bardgett continues to volunteer his services as a naturalist to Werner Wildlife Museum and the state park system.

The Werner Wildlife Museum is located off the Casper College campus at 405 E. 15th Street. For more information call the museum at 307-235-2108 or

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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