Aquarium’s Eco-Cruises star the Sandhill cranes
The winter months are typically when we start seeing our feathered friends take flight for warmer weather—but it’s not often we get to see them take a stopping point for a little rest and relaxation.
If you’re looking for an awe-inspiring way to start your new year, then plan to take one of the Tennessee Aquarium’s Eco-Cruises on the River Gorge Explorer in January, and see the annual Sandhill Crane Migration.
Described as “one of the greatest spectacles of nature in the Southeast,” those aboard should be prepared to witness anywhere from 15,000-20,000 Sandhill cranes, among other birds like the bald eagle, snow and white-fronted geese, Ross’s geese, white pelicans, and whooping cranes on the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge.
Led by a team of Aquarium naturalists, each cruise is approximately two hours long. In addition to bird watching, those aboard will learn about the history of the river during the past 1,000 years and the people that once inhabited the area.
Cruises are scheduled for January 9-11 and January 16-19, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $38 for adults, and can be purchased online at tnaqua.org
Grab your binoculars and your bird-watching guides, and get ready for the view of a lifetime.