The International Crane Foundation (ICF) commits to a future where all crane species are secure – a future where people cooperate to protect and restore wild populations and their ecosystems. These efforts sustain the places where cranes live, to the benefit of countless other species.
The management emphasis for the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area is to maintain the wetland habitat for waterfowl, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, bald eagles, and plains leopard frogs and manage the native grassland community in areas adjacent to the wetland. This resource emphasis mayl facilitate re-establishment of riparian growth along the drainage below the wetland and provide feed, rest, nest, and roost sites for migratory birds, especially sandhill cranes and waterfowl, and also for resident wildlife species.
Rowe Sanctuary offers guided trips to view the world’s largest concentration of sandhill cranes from observation blinds on the banks of the Platte River in southcentral Nebraska.
Cosumnes River is one of the conservation areas in Central California where Homer’s sandhill crane population winters.
Learn about Sandhill Crane biology and follow the fascinating and scientifically detailed blog of George Happ and Christy Yuncker. This is a great website to learn more about crane behavior.
SOS Cranes is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining open-space habitat and the conservation of the California Central Valley’s Sandhill Crane populations (including Homer’s breeding population of Sandhill Cranes) through education, outreach, and community activism.Of special concern are the threats to the remaining suitable winter habitats in the Central Valley of California. Pending urban development and the shift from corn and rice production to vineyards and orchards will likely dramatically diminish what little remains of the winter migratory habitat of the Lesser and Greater Sandhill Cranes in this region.
This map animates weekly estimated relative abundance, defined as the expected count on a one-hour, one kilometer eBird Traveling Count conducted at the ideal time of day for detection of that species in a region. Visit this website to see the Sandhill Crane migration animation and learn more about this project.