Ozcranes is the website of the Australian Crane Network, an informal voluntary network linking people in Australia and New Guinea who work with Brolgas Grus rubicunda and Sarus Cranes Grus antigone. The Network includes scientists, other researchers, landowners, bird observers, and landcare and catchment care workers. We share information and news about research, projects and experiences relevant to Brolgas and Sarus Cranes and their habitat, including wetlands, farms and pastoral properties.
Please contact us to take part in the Network, or contribute to Ozcranes. For information on cranes and projects in Australia and overseas, check the various sections of this site via the top menu or Site Map.
The network began in 2004 with an invitation forwarded through BirdLife Australia from the International Crane Foundation, for crane workers in the Australasian region to collaborate with colleagues in India, Europe, Africa and Asia. The International Crane Foundation works to protect the world's 15 crane species and their habitats in cooperation with many people, agencies and governments. For links to crane research and conservation organisations in many countries, check Ozcranes Resources». Ozcranes is an informal, fully voluntary Network, and is not funded or seeking donations or financial grants at this time.
Ozcranes website The Design background shows early morning mist over a north Queensland wetland. Surrounded by scattered trees and short grasses, the shallow wetland edges are perfect for Brolgas and Sarus Cranes to roost and feed in the non-breeding dry season. Website design, building, maintenance and content editing are by Elinor Scambler. The Brolga and Sarus Crane paintings at the top of every page are copyright JN Davies, the artist, and used with his kind permission. Ron Hill kindly designed the Crane-Friendly fencing logo especially for Ozcranes Conservation fencing pages. Ozcranes supports the Wildlife Friendly Fencing project. For website content, we rely on in-kind help from the writers, artists, photographers and organisations noted alongside the article or image, please support them if you have a commercial or funded project. We are grateful for web-hosting support by Webboy. The editor relies on commercial hardware and support from FNQ Computers Atherton.
Web Standards & Accessiblity
Ozcranes aims to be accessible for all web users interested in Brolgas, Sarus Cranes and crane conservation – especially in rural areas where cranes and people live side by side. Even today, rural users have problems with internet speeds and reliability, so Ozcranes keeps images small and page coding as simple as possible, using Web Standards as the key to good user experience. Ozcranes pages can be read in large print and are print-friendly – see the Help» page for details. The site is coded to work in all modern browsers, and some older browsers, at a range of screen sizes and resolutions. The site works well on iPad or tablet such as Samsung Galaxy, but as yet there's no mobile version. If you have suggestions for improving accessibility or usability of the site, please contact us».
Copyright, Legal, Privacy
Postal enquiries Australian Crane Network, PO Box 285, Malanda, Queensland, Australia 4885.
- About projects (Southern Australia) & Brolgas: Matthew Herring
- About projects (Northern Australia & NG) & Sarus Cranes: Elinor Scambler
- Contribute articles or data: Elinor Scambler
- Suggest ideas or Report site problems: Elinor Scambler
Photographers & Art
If you have a commercial project, or grant funding, please support the people who've allowed us to use their photographs and artwork.
In alpha (surname) order..
|Sandy Carroll||Sandy Carroll|
|Jeff Davies, HANZAB bird artist||Jeff Davies|
|Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers' Lodge||Keith & Lindsay Fisher|
|Rob Gray Photography||Rob Gray|
|Glenn Holmes & Associates||Glenn & Jenny Holmes|
|International Crane Foundation||ICF|
|Merritt Images||Peter Merritt|
|Birdway Photography||Ian Montgomery|
|Wild Watch||Jonathan Munro|
|David Stowe Photography||David Stowe|
|KS Gopi Sundar||KS Gopi Sundar|