From the many crane resources worldwide we've tried to select a few of particular interest to Ozcranes readers. Here in Part 1, we include world cranes, Brolga, Sarus Crane and organisations.
World cranes – multi-purpose sites
International Crane Foundation
The International Crane Foundation (ICF) leads and collaborates in many crane research and conservation projects worldwide. The site has extensive information about cranes, crane conservation projects and research, a significant digital library, photo gallery and kids pages. The best place to start is their comprehensive Site Map.
European Crane Working Group
The European Crane Working Group website has English and Spanish versions, and hosts multiple resources including research projects and articles. News on counts of migrating Common Cranes Grus grus is available in four languages.
Check the US Government Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) to explore their many resources on cranes, crane research and conservation. A significant resource is the free online book The Cranes (Meine and Archibald 1996, covering status and conservation all 15 world crane species). An updated volume is expected to be published late in 2013.
Patuxent WRC, also in the U.S, has materials on bird migration and crane conservation.
← Logo of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Wattled Crane Group
- Endangered Wildlife Trust, projects, toolkits, fact sheets for African species)
- Kwa-Zulu Natal Wattled Crane Group
- North American Crane Working Group
- Overberg Blue Crane Group
- Siberian Crane Flyway
- Nature Conservation Foundation, India
- Great Crane Project, a partnership between the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, WWT (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) and RSPB
- BIRDNET have a good short explanation of ornithology (Scientific study of birds)
- Ozcranes Current Australian research including projects needing volunteers
- Brolga Recovery Group, conservation of the threatened SW Victoria Brolga population
- BirdLife Australia Ongoing Atlas Project
- BirdLife North Queensland, annual Crane Count
- Eremaea Birds with moderated sighting reports from Australian states and regions
- Birds Queensland Sightings Database
- BIRD (Southwest Biodiversity Network), Brolga nest and flocking counts in SW Victoria
- Birding-aus archives (with Search)
- Cairns area N Qld (start of season, end of season, unusual sightings only)
Brolgas & Sarus – Popular Books
- ‘Brolga Country: Travels in Wild Australia’ by wildlife photo journalist Mitch Reardon, released October 2007. Includes southern Brolga conservation, north Queensland Crane Counts, photographs. Text covers Brolgas, their ecology and conservation from Cape York Peninsula to Bool Lagoon. Out of print but may be available second hand.
- ‘The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes’, by traveller and writer Peter Matthiessen. The paintings are by renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman. Fascinating travels in search of all the world's 15 cranes, vivid prose, but take the Australian species accounts at least, as just an enjoyable read.
Brolgas & Sarus On-line
- Australian Museum Brolga Fact Sheet.
- Victoria, Australia
- Brolga Fact Sheet for farmers
- Brolga Conservation Statement (download from Ozcranes», includes Action Plan and Bibliography (pdf 211kb)
- Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment brochures including Brolga newsletters
- Corangamite Catchment Ebook on Wetland Birds of the Region, including Brolga (Note: direct link, pdf 1.9MB)
- Serendip Sanctuary near Melbourne, Victoria. Visitor and educational facility, noted for Brolga captive breeding program (web page is part of the Parks Victoria site)
- New South Wales, Australia
- NSW Government Priority Actions for Brolga, enter Brolga, Priority Actions in Advanced Search
- NSW Threatened Species Profile page for Brolga including regional maps, images and sound)
- The Murray Catchment Brolga habitat booklet (link to pdf 6.85MB)
- Matthew Herring, Ozcranes southern representative, has brochures and project pages at Murray Wildlife
- Queensland, Australia
- The Brolga is the state bird emblem of Queensland
- The Wikipedia page on Sarus Crane is written and monitored by ICF expert KS Gopi Sundar
- KS Gopi Sundar's blog ‘Sarusscape’ has regular updates on his work on Sarus Cranes in Uttar Pradesh, India – superb photos of Sarus and other wildlife and the people of the area
- The Sarusscape program at the International Crane Foundation
- Outlook India recently featured Dr Sundar as one of 25 ‘smartest Indians’ for his work with the people and cranes of Uttar Pradesh (he modestly says ‘It is time to bring the wonderful farmers and the agricultural wetlands into the forefront’)
- ICF work with Sarus Cranes in southeast Asia
- The current global status of Sarus Crane is covered in the BirdLife International Fact Sheet
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