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Annual Midwest Crane Count

Annual Midwest Crane Count

Attention Annual Midwest Crane Count participants! Did you miss our webinar on how to enter your crane count data? Click here to view a recording.

Save the date for the Annual Midwest Crane Count on Saturday, April 17, 2021, 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Central Time.

Each year in mid-April, over 1,000 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 seven states of the upper Midwest, including Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio 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.


COVID-19 Guidelines for 2021 Crane Count – Are you counting with others from outside your household? Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, crane count volunteers should plan on wearing a mask during the count and stay at least six feet from participants from different households. Participants should also avoid carpooling with other counters from outside their household and counting in large groups to limit exposure to COVID-19.

Do you count in the eastern time zone? We recommend beginning your survey 15 minutes prior to sunrise in your area – approximately 6:45 a.m. ET.

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