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109 RACING WINTER - DENALI
Sandhill Cranes, Denali National Park, Alaska. In early September after nearly a week of inclement weather and storms, clouds begin to lift and reveal a long ragged string of migrating sandhill cranes pushing across the face of Mt McKinley and the Alaska Range in a scene that has likely played itself out for thousands of years virtually unchanged in this Alaskan wilderness. These sandhills are migrating from breeding grounds in western Alaska and eastern Siberia and will travel 10,000 miles or more roundtrip between breeding grounds and wintering grounds in the arid Southwest reaches of the U.S. and northern Mexico.