2019 marked the most successful year in Pennsylvania's seven years of conducting the Fall Sandhill Crane Survey. A whopping 288 cranes were observed in the October/November survey period, nearly doubling our previous state high-count! This is 120 more cranes than observed in any previous year. In addition, intriguing fly-over sightings occurred in Lancaster, Philadelphia and Elk counties during the survey period. This is further evidence that the sandhill crane population continues to expand in PA. A record high of 8 counties supported crane observations this year. Listed from highest to lowest number of cranes observed: Crawford, Lawrence, Mercer, Erie, Sullivan, Lackawanna, Wyoming and Lancaster.
Thanks to everyone who went the extra mile to complete the survey in 2019 and I look forward to seeing your 2020 observations!
Lisa M. Williams, Wildlife Biologist - Grouse, Woodcock, Webless Migratory Program
PA Game Commission
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