High sandhill crane season is in full swing. We have had many reports of crane pairs returning but would love to hear about pairs that are now nesting. Send us a report at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 235-6262 to leave a report. Let us know when the pair began sitting on the nest (usually only one of the pair shows up at a time) and where you are located as well as your contact information.
Kachemak Crane Watch’s new video was shown at Shorebird Festival in May and is now available on Youtube. You can watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-catc2OLiU. Let us know what you think of the video. It will probably also be shown during the summer at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer if you want to see it on a big screen. Call them if you want to know when it will be shown.
Happy crane viewing! Be sure to let us know when you see colts!
The cranes are still filtering but a good part of the local flock is here. A flock of 76 has been reported out East End Road, and 18 pairs have returned to their territories. Two of the three pairs that nest in Beluga Slough near the boardwalk were sighted today. One pair was mating next to the boardwalk. Please call Kachemak Crane Watch to report the return of your nesting pair.
Kachemak Crane Watch is pleased to announce the launching of its new, updated website. We still have a couple of buttons to activate, but other than that, the new version is up and running. You will find lots of crane photos in our photo gallery and a link to our Youtube playlist of sandhilll crane videos. Please share with your friends and families. Who knows you just might turn someone into a craniac! The link is the same: www.cranewatch.org Many thanks to Jason Sodergren for his technical expertise in getting this website set up and online. Thanks also to Michelle Michaud for her help in transferring and updating information from the old website.
A new feature of the website is the blog which will allow us to post updates more frequently. You can visit the website and subscribe to the blog if you would like to get updates about our cranes.
Reminder for Shorebird Festival crane presentations: Friday at 4 pm – 5 pm “A Fledge for Freedom” will be shown, and on Sunday at 1 pm, “Raising Kid Colt” will be featured. Both films will be accompanied by a slide program. If you cannot make these showings, check with Island and Ocean Visitor Center to find out when these films will be shown during the summer. Keep the reports coming in, and hopefully, I will see you at Shorebird Festival!