Have you seen a banded Sandhill Crane and would like to find out where and who banded the crane? Cranes are banded with color markers (also known as auxiliary bands) and aluminum bands throughout North America. This page focuses on banding protocols for the Eastern Population of Greater Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis tabida), which are found east of the Mississippi River in the United States.
Did you observe a banded Sandhill Crane in the western United States or Canada? Don’t worry, you can report it to the International Crane Foundation as well, and we will forward your sighting to the appropriate organization. If you have a bird in hand and can read the eight-digit number on the aluminum band, you also can report it to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory.