Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join the multitude of birds that embark, twice each year, on impressively long migrations? Inspired by her love of Sandhill Cranes, artist-naturalist Sarah DeGennaro is about to do just that.
Well, ok, she’s not sprouting wings, or even climbing into an airplane…For her project titled Chasing Cranes, Sarah is hopping on her bicycle in Fairbanks Alaska and peddling all the way to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, on the Gulf Coast of Texas! Her route, while on the ground, will mirror the Sandhill Cranes’ migration path along the Central Flyway. As she goes, Sarah will use e-bird to find local spots where the cranes have stopped to rest and refuel. Each day, after peddling ~60 miles, Sarah will create drawings and watercolor paintings that depict the cranes and their habitat.
Ultimately, she’ll compile her completed artworks into a show and a book on Sandhill Crane migration. Sarah’s hope is that her project will capture people’s imaginations and increase support for crane conservation.
Clearly, Sarah is embarking on a highly unusual and daring adventure. While she’s completing the trip alone, she needs help to fund her exciting project! Sarah is seeking donations through a Kickstarter campaign, with fantastic thank-you gifts for supporters ranging from stickers and beautiful crane silhouette car decals to t-shirts, hoodies, and even original artwork, completed by Sarah during her journey.
I’m so excited to follow along on Sarah’s epic crane chase. This is a project that I’m proud to support!