Life of Pi in the Photo Galleries (right column)
is the chronicle
of Pi's escapades and education in his first summer. In July,
Pi foraged and danced. In August, he fledged, danced, explored. On September 8, the family flew off to start their migration to west Texas.
The latest Photo Galleries (with videos) in the Life of Pi are:
- 11 - Dancing in August leads toward flight
- 12 - Flight school involves social learning
- 13 - August foraging, threats, and intruders
- 14 - Pi's curiosity as he explores
- 15 - Pi prepares to migrate with Millie and Roy
A selection of crane photos from 2013 are on Facebook.
Welcome to the Christy Yuncker Photo Journal.
In 1995, we moved from Vermont to 40 acres of taiga in Goldstream Valley in Interior Alaska. As we started to build our house, we found that cranes held prior claim to the cranberry bog which can be viewed on Google satellite images.
This website and the Alaska Sandhill Crane Blog grew from our multi-year acquaintance with our crane neighbors, Millie and Roy. Since 1999, we have documented their behavior from morning to sunset through every day of their Alaska season.
A summary for each year is available on this website.
Cranes are boisterous, statuesque, sometimes obvious, and often secretive. Year after year, crane pairs appears in spring at their chosen nest site after heroic migrations that traverse natural barriers like the Himalayas or the Alaska Range and that include man-made obstacles like electric powerlines and shotguns.
On nest territories, cranes broadcast their resonant calls over miles and communicate at close range with soft purring and acrobatic body language. Their elegant dancing, mate fidelity, and 20 year lifespans help cranes to become talismen for aboriginal peoples. The majesty of cranes inspire artistry in ancient and present-day civilizations - two examples are offered by hyperlinks to artists at the bottom of the right column of this webpage.
Crane-watching helps us replace 21st century hubris with quiet awe for the biological diversity that has evolved on this planet.
Although cranes have long been venerated, the intimate world of cranes remains largely cryptic. We hope to better understand:
- education of crane colts in the wild,
- social structure within breeding neighborhoods and flocks,
- information content of the signals that bind cranes to one another, and
- how they make decisions.
Please help us develop this photo website and its companion Blog into a general information resource for discussions of crane biology and conservation. If you will email us your own observations, we will post them on the web so others can ponder your insights and perhaps offer answers to your questions.
Thank you for taking time to make Nature an immediate part of your personal world view.
Please email us with your comments or questions.
Christy Yuncker and George Happ
All our photo galleries and blogposts are listed on the Sitemap.
- Crane Festivals
- Books on Cranes
- Crane Web Pages
- Alaska Sandhill Crane Blog
Do cranes use pheromones?
- How Birds Think Blog
Is dance learned?
- George Happ's website