- Resources 1
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, conservation projects and research, a significant digital library, photo gallery and kids pages. For more on ICF crane work around the world, and links to other major crane organisations, visit Our Work or ICF's Site Map.
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has a searchable library, with resources on cranes and wetlands. A free online book The Cranes, pdf 8MB (Meine and Archibald 1996), covers status and conservation for all 15 world crane species. A full update by the IUCN Crane Specialist Group, including Australian members, will be published in 2017.
The IUCN Red List is also a significant resource, search for full conservation status details on any cranes species.
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (US) provides free download for the book Cranes: Their Biology, Husbandry, and Conservation, ed. Ellis, Gee and Mirande, 1996. The full pdf is 8.5MB, or chapters can be downloaded separately.
← Logo of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Wattled Crane Group
- Endangered Wildlife Trust: Projects, toolkits, fact sheets for African cranes
- Kwa-Zulu Natal Wattled Crane Group
- Overberg Blue Crane Group
- North American Crane Working Group
- Crane Conservation Germany (in German, use Google translate)
- Siberian Crane Flyway
- Nature Conservation Foundation India, Cranes and Wetlands Program
- Great Crane Project: Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, WWT (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) and RSPB
- BIRDNET have have links to multiple bird and study groups in North America
- Brolga Recovery Group, conservation of the threatened SW Victoria Brolga population
- BirdLife Australia Ongoing Atlas & Birdata Project
- BirdLife Northern Queensland, annual Crane Count
- Ebird has moderated sighting reports from Australian states and regions
- Birds Queensland Sightings Database
- SWIFFT Swifft has updates on Brolga nest and flocking counts in SW Victoria
- Birding-aus archives (with Search)
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 Online
- Ozcranes Downloads»
- Birds in Backyards Brolga Fact Sheet.
- Nature Glenelg Trust has regular updates on the Brolga Genetics project and wetland restoration projects
- Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment brochures including Brolga newsletters
- Serendip Sanctuary near Melbourne, Victoria. Visitor and educational facility, noted for Brolga captive breeding program (web page is part of the Parks Victoria site)
- 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
- Matthew Herring, Ozcranes southern representative, has brochures and project pages at Murray Wildlife
- 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’ covers his work on Sarus Cranes and other waterbids in India & Nepal, superb photos of Sarus and other wildlife and the people of the area
- Program SarusScape (International Crane Foundation & Nature Conservation Foundation India)
- Nature Conservation Foundation India (NCF) Cranes and Wetlands program
- NCF India results, Crane Breeding in Croplands project
- NCF India results, Birds in Agricultural Wetlands project
- NCF India results, Impacts, Wetlands Become Fishponds project
- The current global status of Sarus Crane is covered in the BirdLife International Fact Sheet
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