Friday, April 02, 2010

Annual Midwest Crane Count

The Annual Midwest Crane Count, sponsored by the International Crane Foundation, will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

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.

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