The International Crane Foundation sponsors the 44th Annual Midwest Crane Count on Saturday, April 13, from 5:30-7:30 a.m.

Over 1,000 volunteer participants from Wisconsin and portions of Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana participate in the spring survey, which gathers information on the abundance and distribution of cranes in the Upper Midwest.

The Foundation 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 threatened crane species, including the endangered whooping crane. There are now over 100 whooping cranes in the reintroduced population in central Wisconsin.

New volunteers interested in taking part in the survey should first contact their local county coordinator for instructions; visit for a list.

For more information on the count, visit; contact your county coordinator; or contact Sara Gavney Moore, Foundation digital communications specialist, at 608-356-9462 ext 155 or