Some well-deserved recognition

One of the Delta’s most cherished critters is being memorialized on a postage stamp.

The photo comes from Nebraska, but it’s a scene close to the heart of any outdoors-loving person in Stockton or Lodi, too.

New "forever" stamp featuring the sandhill crane. Photo by Michael Forsberg

Michael Forsberg took the shot of sandhill cranes flying over the Platte River, officials said. The new stamp is intended to celebrate Nebraska’s 150th anniversary as a state.

The Platte River region serves as a pit stop for a half million cranes as they migrate from their summer haunts in the far north to their wintering areas in the lower U.S. and Mexico, and vice versa.

Our Delta cranes stay on the Pacific Flyway, and don’t make it over to the Cornhusker State, as far as I know.

Regardless, the image should strike a chord with anyone who has attended the free crane tours out at the Isenberg Crane Reserve, or happened to wander onto Staten Island around sunset during the wintertime. Quite a scene it is, and now, commemorated in one of the most dignified ways possible.

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