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The blind tour of course was good. How could it not be with watching a continuous flow of birds for 2 hours. However the weather and flooding kept us from seeing the birds up close and that was disappointing, but certainly no one's fault. We want to return another year when the river is at normal levels. I appreciated so much the dedication of all the volunteers and I will continue to support the Crane Trust each year with my donation. One small matter. The volunteer in the large blind talked most of the time and quite loudly during the event. I couldn't enjoy the amazing sound of the cranes as much as I would have liked. Her voice was on our videos instead of the sound of the cranes. I'm sure she meant well and was just visiting, but I would have liked it to be quieter. Again, thank you for all you do, your friendliness and dedication. We'll be back! Holly Atkinson
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Loved having viewing site next to so large a roost, great horned owl in tree overhead, and easy path to and from the blind. But not enough windows for every person in the blind, repeated efforts to quiet the talking were ineffective, no large spotting scope brought by the guide, and the window openings were thin (makes it hard to hold binoculars steady for viewing...a thicker wall or ledge would make that easier). The noise within the blind was the biggest downside.
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We weren't as close to the cranes as I thought a blind would allow us to be. There were multiple people in our tour talking louder than they should have been and the guide was also talking louder than a whisper so she didn't ask them to quiet down. The guide nodded off a couple of times before dusk. It might be helpful to send people the rules about camera lights before the tour so they can test their cameras at home. I certainly would have.
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Great experience overall, but it seemed odd that one of the guides, after cautioning guests repeatedly to whisper and otherwise to make as little sound as possible, spent part of her evening in the blind laughing and chatting in a normal voice. It was distracting.
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The cranes were magnificent - it was wonderful to see them, even if they didn't settle as close as I might have liked. It was pretty cool to see the eagles, too, despite their making the cranes nervous. I look forward to visiting the trust again in the future - perhaps next time I'll stay in the cabin and get up early for the morning flight! Both the guides did a great job of pointing out wildlife and educating us about cranes and their behavior; the film prior to the tour was very informative, as well. My husband and I both had a terrific time, and would definitely recommend the experience to any friends who might plan a visit to the area.
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