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Operation Crane Watch


The world's largest population of sandhill cranes, and cranes of any species, spends most of each year in the midcontinent region of North America. Numbering about a half million cranes, this population winters across a wide area from the gulf coast of Texas through western Texas and eastern New Mexico southward to central Mexico. The midcontinent population breeds across a vast but poorly defined area mostly in Canada, Alaska, and northeastern Siberia. Scientists at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center have been studying the midcontinent population for the past several decades with a primary focus on population dynamics and the role of staging areas in the life cycle of the species. Introduction continued...

This resource should be cited as:

U.S. Geological Survey.  1998.  Operation crane watch.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online. (Version 11JUN2004)

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