It's time for a status update on our new migratory bird habitat, and a big thank you to everyone whose donations are making it possible!
The new habitat is needed because in the wild, our sandhill cranes and turkey vultures would be spending their winters in Mexico. Since all of them are non-releasable, they are stuck here in Montana for a much harsher winter than they are equipped for. To deal with this, we've been keeping them indoors in the winter, in a heated barn. This isn't the best solution, because it keeps them off display, and they can't enjoy any sunny days that we get during the winter.
Our solution: a new habitat! We broke ground a few weeks ago on a new structure that will provide heated indoor areas for the cranes and vultures, along with adjoining outdoor yards that they can move in and out of, similar to what they have now. This structure will allow us to open their outside door on sunny winter days, allowing the birds to move between the outdoor yard and the heated indoor areas as they please.