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Tracking Old Friends – Continued 5

Only Slate has taken off from Saskatchewan where they and the other cranes have been bulking up for the long trip to Siberia. Slate left Saskatchewan on April 29th and since then has nearly reached Alaska. Slate is passing through the Mackenzie River Valley that is a vital passage for…

Tracking Old Friends – Continued 4

Slate, Olive, Indigo, and Crimson are all staging in Saskatchewan. For the past week or more they have been recovering from the migration from Texas into Canada and will soon be moving on into Siberia. It is no surprise when your migration is thousands of miles long that there…

Tracking Old Friends – Continued

It has been a long migration for the cranes we are tracking, but they still have most of the journey left to go. Our four sandhill cranes will be traveling all the way into Siberia to nest, and so their total flight path is over 7,000 miles in some cases. This…

Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 8

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

Aerial surveys today show things winding down. We counted 54,000 birds mostly in the area of Rowe Sanctuary (relative error rate -13%, thus there may be more birds than counts demonstrate). The birds are now west of the Crane Trust. The viewing…

Tracking Old Friends – Continued

Last Wednesday night on March 23rd the Crane Trust enjoyed wind gusts up to 50 mph and thunder-snow. This storm was interesting to watch, but caused us to cancel blind tours as even the hardy sandhill crane does not fly well in these winds. By observation here at the…

Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 7

 

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

The total SACR Aerial count for the Big Bend of the Platte was 112,000 down from a peak count of 413,000 on March 14th and a count of 276,000 last week on March 21st. Today was a good migration day with warm weather…

Tracking Old Friends

At the end of last week, Slate, Crimson, and Indigo made their way to Nebraska. Although we have seen a large number of cranes migrate to Nebraska earlier than average this year, the four lesser sandhill cranes we are tracking are right on schedule.

Slate and Crimson migrated through eastern Colorado…

Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 6

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

Sandhill crane numbers remained high this morning. However, conditions are good for birds to start migrating north today and tomorrow. We counted 276,000 with a +/- 10.8% absolute error. There was not really an up or down bias consulting the directionality of…

SANDHILL CRANE COUNTS – WEEK 5

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

Continuation of a Historic Migration… This week we counted the most Sandhill Cranes recorded via our protocol since regular roost surveys began in 2002. We recorded 395,000 Sandhill Cranes in the river and 15,000 in the fields adjacent to the river, totalling 410,000. Our…

Great Plains Art Show Shows Off Beauty of Nebraska Nature

Last weekend, the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center presented its inaugural Great Plains Art Show featuring Nebraska artists and Nebraska-inspired art. Friday night was a reception for the artists, with the art show running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Nine artists had their work on floor…