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Sandhill Crane Migrations Revealed by Satellites

Here is an updated story about Pacific Flyway crane migrations published by the Oregon Field Guide on November 6, 2014. It includes Kachemak Crane Watch’s 2008 Satellite Banding Project carried out by Gary Ivey.

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Sandhill Cranes Return for Another Breeding Season, by Michelle Michaud, April 24, 2013

The distinctive clarion call of sandhill cranes will soon echo around the skies of Homer as we welcome their arrival to begin another breeding season.

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Connecting the Crane Flyaway: Homer to Sacramento, by Kachemak Crane Watch

Kachemak Crane Watch’s Nina Faust traveled to the Lodi Crane Festival in Lodi, CA in November 2012 to present “Raising Kid Colt: A Story of a Young Sandhill Crane,” and make connections with groups working to protect Homer’s Sandhill Cranes’ wintering habitat.

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On the Wings of Homer’s Sandhill Crane Migration

Read more about collaboration with Save Our Sandhill Cranes in Homer’s Sandhill Cranes’ Wintering Grounds.

Homer’s Sandhill Cranes migrate to the Sacramento Valley where they mingle with Greater Sandhill Cranes in agricultural fields and wetlands.  Ed Bailey and Nina Faust decided to follow the cranes to their wintering area where the dedicated people of Save our Sandhill (SOS) Cranes generously hosted the Kachemak Crane Watch representatives and provided an informative tour of crane habitat.  They went to the most popular crane-watching locations there from Staten Island to Woodbridge Road to the Cosumnes River Preserve.  SOS Cranes is working hard to protect crane habitat from development or conversion to vineyards or orchards, death traps to cranes.  Their website, with more detailed information about their work, can be found at:

To read the full article that the two groups worked together to describe SOS Cranes’ efforts for cranes in the Sacramento Valley go to:’s-sandhill-crane-migration/

Kachemak Crane Watch looks forward to continuing the collaboration with Saving Our Sandhill Cranes for the good of these magnificent birds at both ends of the migratory route.

Researchers Track SandHill Cranes Movement to Wintering Grounds, August 20, 2008

Researcher tracks the migration of Homer area Sandill Cranes.  Find out where they go.  Story by Michael Armstrong Staff writer, Homer News Story last updated at 9:23 PM on Wednesday, August 20, 2008.

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Observations of Sandhill Cranes in Homer area–September 27, 2006

Letter to Editor by Edgar Bailey Homer News, Story last updated at 6:42 PM on Wednesday, September 27, 2006.

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Cranes Watched, Reported Throughout Kachemak Bay Area–October 21, 2004

By EDGAR BAILEY Special to the Homer News, Story last updated at 2:49 PM on Thursday, October 21, 2004.

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Kachemak Bay’s Sandhill Cranes: Declining Populations?–October 2, 2003

Point of view by Edgar Bailey Homer News, Story last updated at 2:53 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2003. This story can be viewed at:

Kachemak Crane Watch Seeking Volunteer Birders –October 31, 2002

by Edgar Bailey For the Homer News, Story last updated at 3:18 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2002.

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