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Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 8 & 9

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

On Thursday April 5th we counted a photo-corrected 302,300 +/-24,000 Sandhill Cranes in the Central Platte River Valley between Chapman and Overton, Nebraska. On April 9th we counted a photo corrected 238,100 +/-26,600 Sandhill Cranes. We counted cranes in 10 of 11 bridge segments with…

Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 7

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

On Tuesday, March 27th, we counted a photo-corrected 500,050 +71,500 Sandhill Cranes in the Central Platte River Valley between Chapman and Overton, Nebraska. Our flights are designed to estimate the abundance of Sandhill Cranes in particular segments of the Central Platte River Valley…

Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 6

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

A large count Thursday morning suggests we are near peak numbers of Sandhill Cranes in the Central Platte River Valley (CPRV). Our raw count was 504,000 Sandhill Cranes between Chapman and Overton, Nebraska. However, analysis of our photo –subplots (used to calculate…

Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 5

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

We saw a bump from just 5 days ago on our last count. We estimated 326,000 +/- 42,000 Sandhill Cranes roosting on the river or visible in the adjacent fields today from the flight path.  We also noted 13,000 Sandhill Cranes in…

Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 4

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

We were delayed due to weather conditions on getting the aerial survey completed until yesterday. However, the generally solid conditions for migration over the last 10 days showed and we nearly multiplied the number of birds on the river by 10 since…

Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 3

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

The Crane Trust completed our third SACR* survey of the year counting a photo-corrected 28,200 +/-3,000 SACRs. We began our survey 20 minutes before official sunrise and noted SACRs both roosting on the frozen river as well as in the adjacent fields…

Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 1 & 2

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

The Crane Trust has conducted two counts this year thus far, on February 14th counting a photo-corrected 3,000 Sandhill Cranes (SACRs*) and February 21st, counting a photo-corrected 9,080 +/- 695 SACRs. On February 14th we only detected one SACR roost and it…

Protect the South Side of the Platte River

Ensure a Future for this Ecosystem by Helping the Crane Trust Protect the South Side of the Platte River
The Crane Trust has been defending the Big Bend Region of the Platte River for nearly 40 years. In that time, we’ve made remarkable strides in the protection of this unique prairie…

Crane Trust Certified as Globally Important Bird Area

After much communication with the National Audubon Society, the Crane Trust has been certified as a globally important bird area (IBA) thanks to the Whooping Cranes and the huge abundance of Sandhill Cranes that visit us each year. Our ownership and easements protect 31 miles of Platte River channel…

Crane Trust Educational Greenhouse

The Crane Trust was awarded the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) and Nebraska Academy of Sciences (NAS) PIE Grant for a total of $3000 to help reconstruct the “Crane Trust Educational Greenhouse” that once existed here. This grant was one of four accepted by NAS out of the eight that applied.

The…