The Brandywine Zoo has a sandhill crane named Sandy, who came to live at the zoo in 2007. Sandy was found on the ground near Messalonskee Lake in Maine in July 2007 as an early fledgling. Due to needs for continued treatment for foot swelling issues (and his imprinting on humans), Sandy was unable to be released and missed out on learning how to migrate in his first year. He was transferred from the rehabber in Maine to Tri-State Bird Rescue and later came to Brandywine Zoo.
THREATS & CONSERVATION
Some migratory populations of sandhill cranes face population threats due to interspecies competition with snow geese. Preservation of their stop-over feeding grounds in the Sandhills of Nebraska is critical to their survival.