The cranberry was given its name, the “crane berry,” by settlers because of its blossom’s resemblance to the sandhill crane. But the connection between the cranberry and the sandhill crane extends beyond just the name. Many sandhill cranes find home in the land surrounding Wisconsin cranberry marshes. In fact, Wisconsin growers have found sandhill cranes and their eggs on marshes in the past, and continue to monitor the marshes and the surrounding wetlands to ensure its habitat remains protected for many years to come.
For more information on the sandhill crane and its habitat, please visit the International Crane Foundation.
Photo courtesy of Eugene Ellis of Ellis Ellis & Dallman Cranberry Marsh, City Point, WI