An adult Sandhill Crane teaching a 3-day old colt how to forage for grubs.⠀
Although some start breeding at two years of age, Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) may reach the age of seven before breeding. They mate for life, which can mean two decades or more, and stay with their mates year-round. Sandhill Crane chicks can leave the nest within 8 hours of hatching, and are even capable of swimming. Juveniles stick close by their parents for 9 or 10 months after hatching.