International Crane Foundation

Annual Midwest Crane Count

Annual Midwest Crane Count

Click here to enter your Crane Count dataThank 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, and other useful links.

If your county is not involved and you are interested in becoming a County Coordinator, contact the International Crane Foundation’s Crane Count Coordinator at (608) 356-9462.

Annual Midwest Crane Count Data FormNew for the 2016 Crane Count
Click here to view our new data entry form. Please use this form to enter your data after the Count (this form replaces eBird).

Why the change? Our goal is to simplify your data entry process, while enabling us to more accurately track the Count data.


Save the date for the 2017 Crane Count on Saturday, April 8 from 5:30 am to 7:30 am CDT.