The International Crane Foundation (ICF) will sponsor the 38th annual Midwest Crane Count on Saturday, April 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. The event is one of the largest citizen-based wildlife surveys in the world. Those interested are invited to join more than 3,000 volunteer participants spread over 100 counties in six states (Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Indiana).
New volunteers interested in taking part should first contact their local county coordinator. Log on to cranecount.org for a list of 2013 county coordinators.
ICF sponsors the annual Midwest Crane Count as part of its efforts to preserve and study the world’s 15 species and the natural communities on which they depend.
In an effort to efficiently collect, analyze and share crane count data, the ICF has partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society’s ebird.org program, a real-time online birding checklist and database. All observations made April 13 will be entered into eBird, helping ICF continue its path toward a “paperless” process.
For more information about the annual Midwest Crane Count, visit cranecount.org to contact a county coordinator; or contact Kate Fitzwilliams at (608) 356-9462, ext. 147, or firstname.lastname@example.org.