The Sandhill Crane does not breed until it is two to seven years old. It can live up to the age of 20. Mated pairs stay together year round, and migrate south as a group with their offspring. The Sand Hill cranes in Mississippi are endangered. Many beaches and other land are protected in order to not disturb the breeding grounds of these birds. I am sure Katrina did not help the situation. A good part of the beach front in Gulfport was closed to people because of Sandhill Cranes. But I think the beach conditions which made it attractive to the cranes was destroyed by the storm.
Thanks to Michelle for posting this on her blog.