Ozcranes Conservation

Welcome to Ozcranes Conservation. Current pages focus on managing land for Brolgas and Sarus Cranes in Australia, including NRM (Natural Resource Management) Planning, farm wetlands and Crane-friendly fencing.

Cranes on Farms»

Sarus Cranes and cattle trough

Cranes on Farms» introduces habitats on Australian production properties used by Brolgas and Sarus Cranes: wetlands, crops, pasture and water storages. Crane conservation and land management are closely linked, in agricultural and pastoral regions of northern and eastern Australia. These Sarus Cranes have landed near a cattle trough, but to drink, bathe and roost they walk downhill to a grazed swamp below the paddock (L Fisher).

ALSO – Dancing Brolgas» – The plight of southern Brolgas and key new guidelines to build and manage Brolga breeding wetlands on farms.

Burning for Brolgas»

fire in tropical grass

← Burning tropical pasture (cranesnorth, north Qld)

Burning for Brolgas» outlines restoration of weed-invaded wetlands using cattle and fire, at the Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, an important Brolga wetland in north Queensland. A joint research project by CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems and QPWS, with community group support, funded by the NHT through the Burdekin-Dry Tropics NRM Board.

Crane-Friendly Fencing»

Sarus Cranes near barbed wire

← Sarus Cranes feeding near barb wire fence, Karumba, Gulf of Carpentaria (SW Biodiversity Network). Barb wire near wetlands and feeding areas is a risk for cranes and other large waterbirds

Wetland fencing is a popular environmental reaction to wetland and water quality issues. But it creates problems which need to be solved if crane breeding and roost sites are to remain active. Ozcranes Crane-friendly Fencing pages» discuss fencing issues affecting cranes and offer practical ideas for factoring cranes and other large waterbirds, into fencing decisions.

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Risks and Hazards»

Ozcranes Hazard pages» have images and comments on natural and feral predators, habitat damage, collisions, persecution and more...

Important Bird Areas»

Eight Important Bird Areas (IBAs) have been declared in Australia, which support significant populations of Brolgas and Sarus Cranes. Ozcranes looks at the program in Australia with summaries and links to downloads on each IBA»

Goodbye Sarus..»

Goodbye Sarus..» is a hypothetical look at the factors that make the Atherton Tableland so attractive to the most significant known concentration of Australian Sarus Cranes, each winter. Could the cranes leave because people are doing their best for the local economy – and environment?

NRM Plans and Cranes»

Overgrown wetland edgeScouring on wetland edge, Cape York Peninsula

←← Removing cattle can lead to overgrown grasslands and wetlands unsuitable for cranes to roost or feed (Bob Forsyth, Gulf of Carpentaria, W Qld)

← But cattle can trample and damage wetland edges, especially late in the year when many water sources dry up (cranesnorth, Cape York Peninsula, Qld)

Ozcranes NRM Page» reviews NRM (Natural Resource Management) Plans and activities for Regions where Brolgas and Sarus Cranes breed, stage on migration, or spend the Dry (non-breeding) season. These Plans (2005-2010) have real impact on the ground – channelling available grant funds and underpinning environmental assessments for State pastoral leaseholders.


Sarus Action Plan» Sarus Crane Taxon Summary from the Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000. Explore other useful pages on cranes and habitat through Ozcranes Site Map».

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