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Sandhill Crane Counts - Week 2

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

Our aerial count this week was 66,000 Sandhill Cranes (Absolute Error +/- 7.1%). SACRs were present in survey bridge segments 1, 3, and 4 in large roosts with the vast majority off of Mormon Island at the Crane Trust. We also detected a small group in bridge segment 7 near Gibbon. Last year at this time we counted 82,100 SACRs, however, that was the highest number counted during the second week of surveys (third week in February) in our database (2002-2017). It appears that warm springs, such as this one, have occasionally brought large…

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The Great Migration