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Crane count set for Saturday, April 8

From 5:30-7:30 a.m. the International Crane Foundation (IFC) will sponsor the annual Midwest Crane Count Saturday, April 8.

More than 2,000 volunteer participants from across Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota participate in the spring survey, which gathers information on the abundance and distribution of cranes in the upper Midwest.

New volunteers interested in taking part in the survey should first contact their local county coordinator for instructions. Visit for the list of the county coordinators.

ICF sponsors the annual Midwest Crane Count as part of its mission to conserve the world’s 15 species of cranes and the natural communities on which they depend. Sandhill cranes once nearly disappeared from Wisconsin, but the species has successfully recovered and is slowly expanding into neighboring states.

Observations of sandhill cranes can lend insight into the threatened crane species of the world, including the endangered whooping crane.

There are now close to 100 whooping cranes in the reintroduced population in central Wisconsin and crane counters may have a chance of sighting a whooping crane during the survey.

For more information about the crane count, visit