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Sandhill Crane Counts - Week 1

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

The Crane Trust is back to flying the 90 mile route from Chapman, NE to Overton, NE. Our aerial count for the morning of Monday, February 13th, was 8,146 Sandhill Cranes. These were almost exclusively in bridge segment three (of eleven) from HWY 281 to HWY 40c (Alda road).  Based on our photo-subplot count the aerial count is approximately 3.2% low, which gave us about 8,400 Sandhill Cranes (SACRs) rounded to the nearest 100. This is almost the exact same number of SACRs detected last year at this time, which was 8,200 on 02/16/2016…

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