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 Tour in January 2018

Sandhill Crane Counts - Week 8

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

Given low cloud ceilings and morning fog we missed week 7 of surveys this year. However, we squeaked out week 8; this past Tuesday morning we were up before sunrise and completed a count. We counted 117,000 Sandhill Cranes with a relative error of -14.0% suggesting the actual number was just over 133,000 SACRS. There are still a number of Cranes persisting off the Crane Trust’s Alda property and a roost in front of Shoemaker Island, but the vast majority of Sandhill Cranes are west of the Crane Trust at this point…


The Great Migration