Annual Midwest Crane Count

Annual Midwest Crane Count

Thank you for your interest in the Annual Midwest Crane Count! Each year in mid-April, over 2,000 volunteers travel to their local wetlands and favorite birding locations to participate in the Crane Count. This annual survey of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes spans over 90 counties in six states of the upper Midwest (Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota).

To participate in the Crane Count you first need to contact your County Coordinator to be assigned a site and receive additional instructions. Click here to view the listing of county coordinators. See Counter Information to download your data sheet, instructions for entering your data into eBird, and other useful links.

If your county is not involved and you are interested in becoming a County Coordinator, contact ICF's Crane Count Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (608) 356-9462.


Click to enter your data into eBirdDid you see a Whooping Crane? Click here to view guidelines from Wisconsin eBird for reporting sensitive species, including Whooping Cranes.


Save the date for the 2015 Crane Count on Saturday, April 18 from 5:30 am to 7:30 am CDT.

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Past Results and HistoryPast Results and History

View the 2014 Crane Count Results