Annual Midwest Crane Count
Started on a local scale in 1976, the count included most of Wisconsin by 1982. Since that time, it has expanded to include 3,000 volunteer participants spread over 100 counties in five States, and is touted as "one of the largest citizen-based inventories in the world."
For some reason, Michigan's participation in the count has been modest at best. For example, in 2009, 100 observers counted 726 Sandhill Cranes (190 pairs) at 153 sites in 10 Michigan counties.
Labels: Michigan ornithology