A pair of Sandhill cranes has been breeding in the Preserve since 2003. Last year they lost their offspring to an encounter with a car on Observatory Drive. This year, their first chick did not survive, but the parents bred again and now are proud and watchful parents of a strong colt, trying to flap its wings. Photos G. Kutzbach Enjoy the photos, taken from a great distance. If you happen to see the sandhill crane family, remember that cranes are protective of their young and can be dangerous – don’t harass them and endanger yourself and them.