Sandhill Crane migrates through in early, late winter - Sentinel News The Sandhill Crane is 41-to-46 inches with a wingspan of 73-to-77 inches wide and weighs 7.3-10.6 pounds. 05/18/2015 - 8:12 am | View Link
Sandhill crane hunting season debated DNR Conservation Warden Paul Nadolski said two states -- Kentucky and Tennessee -- have sandhill crane hunting seasons, both in the autumn. And, Green noted that he has hunted sandhill cranes in Canada, and ate what he harvested. He said crane meat tastes ... 04/13/2015 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Whooping cranes reported in Kentucky Whooping cranes may associate with sandhill cranes so caution must be used while hunting sandhill cranes. Kentucky’s sandhill crane hunting season begins Dec. 13 and continues through Jan. 11, or until 400 sandhill cranes have been taken. Hunters should ... 12/10/2014 - 10:15 am | View Link
Hunters be careful: Protected whooping crane moves into Kentucky This is because the the whooping crane shares many physical similarities with the sandhill crane, a Kentucky native. However, sandhill cranes are much smaller than whooping cranes and also are distinguishable by their grey bodies. Still, even if one knows ... 12/9/2014 - 9:49 am | View Link
Sandhill crane license deadline Nov. 30 The application deadline for Kentucky's sandhill crane quota hunt is Nov. 30. To apply go to www.fw.ky.gov and click on the "licenses" tab then "buy licenses." The application fee is $3. The drawing will be Dec. 5. Hunt dates are Dec. 13-Jan. 11. 11/25/2014 - 4:22 am | View Link
Kentucky Wraps Up Third Year of Controversial Sandhill Crane Hunting Season Kentucky’s third annual sandhill crane hunting season wrapped up yesterday and Fish and Wildlife officials are calling it a success. The most recent numbers show 87 birds were killed in this year’s sandhill crane hunting season, mostly in Barren County. 01/12/2014 - 11:00 am | View Link
About the Sandhill Crane | The Nature Conservancy Sandhill Cranes Populate Freshwater Wetlands. Scientists estimate that at least one-third of the entire North American population of sandhill cranes breeds in the ... 05/25/2015 - 11:13 pm | View Website
10,000 Birds | Kentucky: First in Crane Hunting? As part of my effort to keep concerned wildlife enthusiasts informed about the proposal to hunt Eastern Flyway sandhill cranes, it is my duty to tell you ... 05/25/2015 - 5:23 pm | View Website
Steele, ND Visit reports, news, maps, directions and info on World's Largest Sandhill Crane in Steele, North Dakota. 05/25/2015 - 10:27 am | View Website
Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Waterfowl Hunting ... Kentucky Residents Ages 12-15 Youth Hunting License* Ages 16-64 Annual or 1-Day Hunting License + Kentucky Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Permit** 05/25/2015 - 2:06 am | View Website
Bird Identification Guide: Sandhill Crane Sandhill crane call provided courtesy of Lang Elliot, www.musicofnature.org. This profile is an excerpt from The Young Birder's Guide by Bill Thompson, III. 05/24/2015 - 11:36 pm | View Website
Horses’ hooves clatter along lantern-lit cobblestone lanes, barely audible above the salsa beat pulsing from restaurants and bars.
Perched overlooking the Caribbean on the south coast halfway across the island, it was one of the first cities founded in Cuba by the Spaniards in 1514, a colonial gem with an old town that immerses you in another century.
An added bonus is a nearby uncrowded crescent of white beach, the best on this coast, with warm turquoise waters and icy cocktails.
Though there’s a sense that this entire authentic, Starbucks-free country will change quickly, in fact only a tiny fraction of Cuba’s 3 million to 4 million annual visitors today venture outside Havana and the nearby beach resort of Varadero, with its string of all-inclusive behemoths.
Trinidad, with its sparse tourist traffic and cheap prices, has plenty of unique Cuban culture that isn’t as likely as the capital to change its nature as diplomatic relations normalize, making it worth traveling the 197 miles southeast, beyond Havana, to the province of Sancti Spiritus.
The landscape is rolling hills and rural, with Cuban cowboys herding goats and skinny cows, and fields being readied for sugarcane planting by ox-drawn plow, a giant step backward from the tractors that worked this land until the Soviet Union’s fall.
Ours is the Hotel Ancon, a sturdy relic of the concrete-loving Soviet-era, retro-cool 1985 angular architecture festooned with a rainbow of kitschy Latin colors.
Yet it’s surprisingly welcoming and relaxed, from the band and dancers who greet every bus to the cheery bow-tied bartender who unhurriedly mashes mint leaves into a fragrant pulp at the bottom of my mojito.
The quality of Cuba’s three- or four-star hotels would not live up to that of their American counterparts in this country’s strapped economy, but the rooms are clean and comfortable and the buffet spread surprisingly good.
 the largely European, South American and Canadian vacationers are here for sun and sand, snorkeling, tennis, cheesy nightly entertainment extravaganzas, and the all-inclusive rum-drenched drinks … and for the crepe guy who serenades us with songs at breakfast.
After unwinding on the beach for three days, we toss our overnight bags into a 1959 German Opel Kapitän taxi and head on the 15-minute drive into Trinidad for a couple of nights in a casa particular, a trip that also makes a nice bike ride.
Trinidad, with its remarkable rows of colorful colonial buildings from the days when this region boomed with the sugarcane trade, allows you to sleep in the 18th or 19th century:
There is no car traffic in the hilly old town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 — just tricycle cabs, horse-drawn carts and the occasional horseback cowboy, Texas-style boots, hats ’n’ all.
The taxi drops us outside the zone, and we walk narrow cobblestone streets past the grand cathedral, where a band is jamming on the sidewalk amid the aroma of roasting chicken.
Manuel Castillo swings opens his house’s massive, ancient, bright-blue timber doors and welcomes us into Casa Colonial el Patio, where he and his wife, Lisbeth, rent three rooms.
A breeze blows in from the high-walled patio out back that gives the inn its name, a tropical garden with the occasional gecko and hummingbird, where we make ourselves at home in hammocks with a cold cerveza Cristal.
Lisbeth creates a classic langoustine — lobster — feast that we enjoy with a cold bottle of Chilean wine beneath the twinkling lights, dangling mangos and Tarzan-caliber vines of the patio.
Breakfast, too, is in the bird-chirping shade of the garden, a wonderful spread of high-octane Cuban coffee, homemade bread and jam, in-season papaya and fresh eggs supplied by nearby chickens whose mate woke us up earlier that morning.
The main square, Plaza Mayor, has a towering cathedral and the town’s best museum, Museo Romantico, where aristocratic antique furnishings gathered from surrounding sugar estates — including a 1.5-ton marble bathtub — are on display in the lavishly restored 1808 mansion of a former sugar baron.
The highlight of the museum visit, though, is the climb up 119 rickety wooden stairs to the top of the yellow-and-white bell tower that is Trinidad’s trademark for a stunning panorama all the way to the beaches.
Trombones, trumpets, drums and guitars belt out tunes in the hands of small street bands on sidewalks, in squares and urban parks.
Some of the best jamming takes place outside the UNESCO zone in Parc Cépedes amid a no-frills, unrestored neighborhood with a cigar factory and tiny markets where Trinitarios hand over ration cards in exchange for meat and vegetables.
 the epicenter is the alfresco Casa de la Música at the top of a broad stone staircase alongside the cathedral, where top bands have everyone sweating on a dance floor under the stars.
Stunning 1745 colonial residence turned into a three-room casa with tranquil garden patio out back.
Most beach hotels are booked on an all-inclusive — flight, room, meals, alcoholic beverages — weekly basis through an airline or travel agent.
If this is the year you’ve vowed to hike the entire 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail, here’s the good news:
Spaces are still available for the Thru Hikes, which complete the circuit around Lake Tahoe in two weeks of backpacking.
The bad news is that the Segment Hiking Programs, beginning in mid-June and tackling the trail in weekly stretches of up to 20 miles, are sold out (sign up for the waiting list or to get early notification of 2016 hikes).
Some of western Sonoma County’s sweetest inns and spas — along with Osmosis Day Spa — fling their garden gates wide open for Resorts in Bloom.
Visitors can drive through orchards, vineyards and redwoods, dropping in on as many of these properties as they can fit into a day or two and explore to their heart’s content.
The biennial auction of horses and burros (and some formerly wild ones that have been saddle-trained) culled from public lands also stages expert training demonstrations, a Saturday afternoon horse show, riding clinics, a barbecue and vendor booths.
To swim, snorkel, scuba-dive and kayak in the crystal-clear ocean and enjoy the beautiful scenery, the delicious Thai food and friendly Thai people.
Check out the caves, which are decorated as a phallic shrine to a princess goddess.
 the beach food sold from wooden long-tail boats — Thai version of a food truck.
Booking your trip back to the mainland through the hotels; very expensive.
Use the local travel agents; fast, reliable and a third of the price.
Have a drink at one of the cool bars on the east side with water views and bamboo platforms.
The new home of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Gorky Park — a Soviet-era bus garage transformed by Rem Koolhaas — debuts June 12.
On Monday, the museum opens its final exhibition in its nearby temporary pavilion, Katharina Grosse’s “Yes No Why Later,” a walk-through installation (pictured) on view through Aug.
Airplane cabins only have so much space for you, your hulking “carry-on” bag and the purse or laptop bag full of “essentials” you simply must have at your fingertips (but that you don’t want taking up legroom space under the seat).
Enter the High Altitude Flight Bag by Genius Pack, a bag about the size of a baking pan that holds gadgets and other necessities, but that also straps to the bottom of the tray table.
When the tray table is up, the Flight Bag offers easy, eye-level access to your electronics, magazines, books and tablets — and it doesn’t get kicked around under the seat.
The pockets are well suited for the items you want while sitting on a long flight, including a roomy main pocket and a front pocket with labeled smaller pockets for chargers, smartphone, external battery and passport, among other things.
The idea behind the Flight Bag is good on paper, but in practice, it probably shouldn’t be used by passengers in the middle seat or aisle seat.
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