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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…

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…

Seven Years of Research Pays Off

Since 2012, the Crane Trust has been an important partner along with the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center and the Platte River Recovery and Implementation Program in a research project studying Whooping Crane migratory habitat. This project is nicknamed the ‘Stopover Project,’ because it specifically describes the locations…

Meet the Crane Trust Photo Workshop Instructors

In 2017 the Crane Trust developed a new and creative way to support it’s conservation efforts: All-inclusive Photo Workshops. These workshops are an exciting new way to allow guests onto private Crane Trust lands to photograph one of nature’s oldest and largest migrations of over half-a-million Sandhill Cranes as they arrive…

Restored Habitat: Banking on Selective Seed Collecting

Article by: Joshua Wiese, Biological Technician

As we ended our first season of permanent biological monitoring in the fall of 2015, I felt like everyone on our conservation team’s appreciation for the landscape was evolving. Every one of us pursued conservation because we are steadfast in…

Crane Trust Bison Herd Status and Future Plans

Currently we have 57 bison at the Crane Trust and plan on building the herd to near 80 over the next couple of years. This allows us to ease into our carrying capacity without inadvertently having negative impacts to the prairie ecosystem as we monitor their impacts upon our prairies.

Over…

Help Improve the Crane Trust this Giving Tuesday

For 37 years, the Crane Trust has worked tirelessly to maintain and safeguard a natural Nebraska habitat just outside of Grand Island, NE. This last vestige of the frontier serves as a monument to what was here before settlements. The diverse tallgrass prairie ecosystem we maintain can be found…

Photo Workshops That Also Support Conservation

Photograph one of nature’s oldest and largest migrations of over half-a-million Sandhill Cranes as they arrive along the Platte River during the spring at the Crane Trust in Wood River, Nebraska. The Crane Trust is offering two new Photo Workshops this coming 2017 migration season to capture unforgettable moments…

Tracking the Migration South

It’s nearly that time for the fall migration of cranes. We left off four months ago with the final update for the spring migration season and tracking our old friends. Everyone had settled into their breeding grounds, passing on from the Crane Trust to begin raising their young. To recap on…

Citizens Volunteer to Help Research and Land Management

This summer has seen many events go by, and many volunteers have helped us with our daily activities and projects. A big thanks goes out to all the wonderful Crane Trust volunteers! In addition to the year-round Nature and Visitor Center volunteers there is plenty of work to do…