Video: Sandhill Cranes at Fort Cooper State Park


I never get tired of watching these birds. No matter where you are in Florida, chances are you've seen Sandhill cranes. Usually, you'll see them in small groups, but if you're lucky you might happen upon a group of several hundred. I had the good fortune to see a group like this a few years ago, and it was one of the most amazing wildlife experiences I've had. 

Side note: Here at the Mims homestead, we are in the process of packing, selling and basically parting ways with most of our earthly possesions. We'll pack up a few boxes in a storage unit, and begin our adventure in a slightly older 27-foot Fleetwood Class A RV. Stay tuned for cool stuff from all around the state!

Let's get back to Fort Cooper State Park and the cranes, shall we? This is one of my favorite places near Inverness. I usually grab a to-go lunch and take up a seat by the lake for a little wildlife entertainment while I eat. Fort Cooper State Park doesn't lack in the wildlife department, either – I often see plenty of deer, a few small gators, all manner of wading birds – and cranes, of course. 

Check out the video above for an idea of my usual entertainment at Fort Cooper State Park. For more information, visit

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