International Crane Foundation


Sandhill Crane Conservation


A Sandhill Crane on the farmlands of central Canada. Photo by Tom Lynn

ICF’s long-term research on Sandhill Cranes in central Wisconsin, ongoing since 1990, has yielded results as varied as solutions to crop damage to information on the genetics of breeding crane populations. These research projects aid in our understanding and protection of cranes and the landscapes they use in North America, including the endangered Whooping Crane, as well as other crane species around the world.


 Follow the links below to learn more about ICF’s Sandhill Crane research.



 Report a Banded Crane

Report a banded crane.





Donate your time through volunteering with ICF or make a gift to support Sandhill Crane conservation.

Long Term Research Long-term Research

ICF started banding Greater Sandhill Cranes in our study area near Briggsville, Wisconsin in 1990. Cranes are long-lived and have a complicated social structure; by banding mated breeding pairs and their chicks, we are able to learn more about the behavior and ecology of these birds.

Crop Damage Discussion Crop Damage Discussion

One practical application of ICF’s long-term research on Sandhill Cranes in Wisconsin is to help solve the problem of cranes damaging newly sprouted corn seedlings. In conjunction with Arkion LLC, ICF developed Avipel®, an effective alternative that stops crop damage caused by cranes.

Hunting Issue Hunting Issue

In early February 2012 a state-wide discussion was re-ignited after a bill proposing a regulated Sandhill Crane hunt in Wisconsin was introduced. The bill was not voted on during the state 2012 legislative session, but the bill may be proposed again for the 2013 spring legislative session.

Banded Cranes

Banded Cranes

Many researchers across North America band cranes for study of their migration routes, habitat selection, and other ecologically relevant purposes. Often we rely on the public for information about the location of Whooping and Sandhill Cranes on their breeding, migration, and wintering areas.