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Wild Wednesday: Sandhills peaking

Just in time for that post- or pre-Thanksgiving feast walk or outdoor outing, sandhill cranes are peaking at Jasper-Pulaski FWA southeast of Valparaiso, Ind.

This neat YouTube video, shot during a Will County Audubon Society outing on Nov. 14, captures the full experience well.

I highly recommend going to see the sandhills. And this is probably the peak week or weekend to do it.

Fog limited the count Tuesday, but the estimate was high for the year at 14,500.

Jasper-:Pulaski is a good 1 1/2 hours from Chicago, southeast of Valparaiso. For the basics of sandhills at Jasper-Pulaski, go to