Nearby Wheeler Wildlife Refuge off of the Beltline in Decatur and a great place to see bunches of sandhill cranes, ducks and other wildfowl. Occasionally one may see some of the whooping cranes on the refuge. The refuge has a very nice observation building for viewing and photographing. For more serious birders an observation blind may be reserved. Brian, a photographer friend of mine and I went the first mild Saturday in January fourth. We were able to see three whooping cranes while there.
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