Crane count coming up

The International Crane Foundation will sponsor the 41st Annual Midwest Crane Count Saturday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m.

More than 2,000 volunteer participants from throughout Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota take part in the spring survey, which gathers information on the abundance and distribution of cranes in the upper Midwest.

New volunteers are encouraged to attend an organizational training meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Maywood, 3615 Mueller Rd., Sheboygan. At this meeting, participants will select survey sites and receive observation forms and instructions.

If you are unable to attend, contact Andy or Janet Raddatz at araddatz@wi.rr.com. is it www.cranecount.org for counting information and forms.

The International Crane Foundation sponsors the Annual Midwest Crane Count as a part of its mission to conserve the world’s 15 species of cranes and the natural communities on which they depend.

Sandhill Cranes once nearly disappeared from Wisconsin, but the species has successfully recovered and is slowly expanding into neighboring states.

Observations of Sandhill Cranes can lend insight into threatened crane species, including the Endangered Whooping Crane. There are now over 100 Whooping Cranes in the reintroduced population in central Wisconsin, and Crane Counters may have a chance of sighting a Whooping Crane during the survey.

For more information on the Annual Midwest Crane Count: Visit www.cranecount.org and contact your county coordinator, or contact Sara Gavney Moore, ICF Communications Specialist, at 608-356-9462 ext. 155, cranecount@savingcranes.org.


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