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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».


Research Report: Sarus breeding

‘Breeding for Success: A story of the Sarus in Queensland’ by K.S. Gopi Sundar

Dr John Grant has been studying Australian Sarus Cranes since 1997 amongst non-breeding dry season flocks on the Atherton Tablelands, and also in wet season breeding areas in the Gulf of Carpentaria. In this new Ozcranes Research Report» Dr K.S. Gopi Sundar, Director of Program SarusScape, explores John's work across the Atherton Tablelands and how it helps to understand the risks and survival prospects for Australia's Sarus Cranes.

Sarus Cranes in Asia

A new Ozcranes page featuring resources and images for Sarus Cranes in Asia». Current distribution and issues; the lost Philippines population; the rediscovery of Sarus in Myanmar/Burma; work in south east Asia, India and Nepal. Plus some magnificent images courtesy of colleagues in Asia.

Crane Art: Cranes in Australian logos & signs

A new gallery of Crane Art». The Brolga is embedded in Australian culture in many different forms, the most famous being indigenous art and formal sculptures in major public places like Darling Harbour, Sydney. This new page presents more day-to-day uses in Australian logos, signs and stamps. The only logo so far to show a Sarus Crane is the emblem for Southern Gulf Catchments NRM in north west Queensland. Brolgas decorate Pub signs and street art in Gulf country towns, formal coats of arms, postage stamps and wine labels.

Lake Tinaroo grazing

In good news for crane roost habitat on Lake Tinaroo shores, Sunwater has offered extended 30-year grazing licences on the Lake Tinaroo Flood Margin Reserve. As a condition of the extended lease, landowners are required to maintain the flood margin including weed control. Although only a small number of properties are affected, 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. More lease details in the Cairns Post (paywall). Ozcranes covers the importance of good quality Tablelands roost habitats in Goodbye Sarus?» and Key Biodiversity Areas 1».

Brolga FAQs

New images and links for Brolga feeding have been added to Brolga FAQ 2».

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