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Ozcranes News has the latest from our four sections (Info, Research, Australia-New Guinea Cranes and Conservation). The Diary lists crane-related events plus Natural Resource Management meetings in the Northern and Southern Gulf Regions, which include the main known Australian breeding area for Sarus Cranes.

Please contact us with your news items and events for the Diary. For projects or databases accepting sightings, please see Ozcranes Research».

Brolga wetlands in Victoria

‘One size does not fit all: Wetlands in Victoria as Brolga real estate’, a new Research Report» by K.S. Gopi Sundar.

In the early 2000s young researchers from Federation University, Ballarat, made important contributions to our understanding of breeding and flocking wetlands for threatened southern Brolgas. In this new Ozcranes report Dr K. S. Gopi Sundar, Director of Program SarusScape, explores what they discovered about how Victorian Brolgas pick and choose the wetlands they need to breed and survive throughout the year.

Flocking Brolgas at Lake Wongan

Flocking Brolgas at brackish Lake Wongan, SW Victoria (Ed Dunens).

Brolgas have a unique gland enabling them to excrete salt (see Ozcranes Brolga FAQ 2»). The studies found differences between habitats used by SW Victorian Brolgas for flocking compared with nesting, including more saline wetlands used in the non-breeding season.

Brolga FAQs: Conservation

A new FAQ page for Brolga Conservation». Wetlands are the most critical resource for Brolgas all year round, wetland resources and restoration projects are key to conservation in southern Australia. Threats apart from wetland degradation include feral animals and collisions with powerlines and vehicles: Mataranka in the Northern Territory even has a road sign for Brolgas Crossing.

Pick Swamp

↑ Pick Swamp, SE South Australia, a major wetland restoration project (Matt Herring)

Siam Weed on the Tablelands

Siam weed

After recent good news for crane roost habitat with extended Sunwater grazing licences on the Lake Tinaroo Flood Margin Reserve, now some potential bad news with the discovery of Siam Weed on the shores of the Lake (h/t Terrain NRM).

← Siam weed (Dinesh Valke)

Well-grazed (or otherwise cleared) Tinaroo shores are important roost habitat for a significant proportion of the wintering Sarus Crane population on the Atherton Tablelands. Siam Weed forms a dense thicket and spreads rapidly from wind-borne seeds, more from Business Queensland. If you sight Siam weed on the Tablelands please call Tablelands Regional Council on 1300 362 242. Ozcranes covers the importance of good quality Tablelands roost habitats in Goodbye Sarus?» and Key Biodiversity Areas 1».

Brolga FAQs

New content for Brolga habitats and behaviour in Brolga FAQ 3».

Sarus FAQs

New images and links for Sarus feeding, habitats and behaviour have been added to Sarus FAQ 2» and Sarus FAQ 3».

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Five north Queensland Natural Resource Management regions are home to almost all Australia's Sarus Cranes, and significant populations of Brolgas. News, events and many resources are avalable from their websites.


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