For thousands of years,
sandhill cranes, grus canadensis, have been traveling from what is now Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico. This route ventures over 6500 km from taiga to prairie, through the Great Plains of North America.
This voyage is repeated
every fall when sandhill cranes depart from their nesting grounds in Alaska and migrate to their wintering grounds in Texas. Many other bird species follow the same corridor, known as the Central Flyway.
The first phase of Chasing Cranes would not have been possible without generous supporters.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
MaryAnn & Robert Beaumier
ADDITIONAL THANKS TO:
everyone who donated on Kickstarter,
Amy & Manny Hamou
and everyone who helped Sarah on the road!
In 2016, Sarah DeGennaro embarked on a journey to find out what long-distance migration feels like for the thousands of birds that fly south every fall.
This four-month, 6500 km trip forms the research for a new body of work, now in progress, which will become a traveling art exhibit as well as the artist's first book.
Scroll down to learn more about this project.
For four months, the artist
joined thousands of cranes on their migratory journey while traveling by bicycle through the Central Flyway.
Inspired by the long-distance flyers, she sought to mimic the route and pace of cranes as closely as possible while undertaking a
Currently, the artist is
developing a series of paintings and prints to bring this journey to life while examining the intersections between ecosystems, wildlife, and culture it contains.