Date: 10/26/18 12:57 pm From: Williams, Lisa <liswilliam...> Subject: Sandhill Crane Fall Survey - next week
The USFWS Division of Migratory Birds has once again asked PA to participate in the Fall Sandhill Crane Survey. This year the survey will be conducted during 10/29/18 to 11/2/18.
We are once again inviting experienced birders to join this statewide monitoring effort. Counts are best conducted within 30 minutes after sunrise or 30 minutes before sunset. If dawn/dusk surveys are not possible, cranes can be tallied during the day as they forage in small groups.
Online reporting is also available via the web link below. If you prefer, survey sheets can be printed from the web page and mailed to the address provided. Thanks for your help in making others aware of this effort, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Background info, protocol and data sheet are available on the PGC website at (www.pgc.pa.gov) on the PGC Birding and Bird Conservation page. http://www.pgc.pa.gov/InformationResources/GetInvolved/SandhillCraneSurvey/Pages/default.aspx
170 cranes were observed. This is 4 more cranes than observed in 2016, 19 more cranes than in 2015, 44 more than 2014 and 72 more than in 2013. This is further evidence that the sandhill crane population is continuing to expand in PA. Cranes were observed in six counties; listed from highest to lowest number of cranes observed: Crawford, Lawrence, Bradford, Lackawanna, Wyoming and Sullivan. Thanks to everyone who went the extra mile to complete this Federal survey!
Lisa M. Williams, Wildlife Biologist - Grouse, Woodcock, Mourning Doves, Webless Migratory Program
PA Game Commission
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