Photography Tour to Experience the Sandhill Cranes

AZGFD biologists, with award-winning photographer George Andrejko, provide an exclusive opportunity to learn about and photograph these spectacular birds. Andrejko will be available to provide advice and instruction for both novice and experienced photographers.

Event overview

WHEN: January – February
WHERE: Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area
DURATION: 6 hours 
WHO CAN ATTEND: Ages 10 and up
WHY ATTEND: Experience the environment these beautiful migrant birds flock to, while getting wildlife photography tips.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Get an unfiltered view of the migration of this incredible species in action.

about the event

Join AZGFD biologists and award-winning photographer, George Andrejko, at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area in McNeal, Arizona, which is a roosting site for 20,000+ Sandhill Cranes each winter. Join us to learn more about these beautiful creatures through observation and photography. George will be available for both novice and experienced photographers, on how to photograph these amazing animals.

Participants register and pay online for the tour.

about the species

Across the globe, there are 15 species of cranes. Two species are found in North America — sandhill, the most abundant species, and the endangered whooping crane. Sandhills are wary birds that prefer to feed and roost in open areas where potential danger can be seen from a distance. 

As part of our mission to conserve and protect Arizona’s wildlife, AZGFD is committed to monitoring and studying these incredible cranes.


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