Ohio Crane Count

The Sandhill Crane as listed as threatened in Ohio.  Sandhills can be quite secretive during their nesting season, and to better track Ohio’s breeding crane population, Ohio is expanding the Midwest Crane Count, a volunteer count, coordinated by the International Crane Foundation. The survey takes place for two hours on a designated Saturday morning in April. In 2021, Ohio conducted a pilot season in the counties of Geauga, Summit, Trumbull, Holmes, Wayne, and Wyandot counties. The effort documented 160 Sandhill Cranes in those 5 counties.

In 2022, the count will expand into the additional counties of Ashland, Columbiana, Delaware, Erie, Franklin, Fulton, Geauga, Hardin, Knox, Logan, Lucas, Marion, Ottawa, Pickaway, Richland, Sandusky, and Williams Counties.  The survey date will be April 9, 2022 from 630-830am (i.e., 15 minutes before sunrise).  

Photo by the USFWS

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact a county coordinator, Tom Leiden, or Matthew Shumar (obcicoordinator@gmail.com). Time commitment is limited to your Saturday morning, the time it takes to scout your area, and a couple hours of virtual training. Birders of all abilities who can identify a sandhill crane can participate.  A vehicle is also required. Participation in pairs is preferred. 

Please see a list of Ohio county coordinators below.

For more information on sandhill crane identification and natural history, see:

https://savingcranes.org/species-field-guide/sandhill-crane/

https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/discover-and-learn/animals/birds/sandhill-crane

Additional Resources

eBird mobile checklist sharing tutorial – Geauga County Coordinator Matt Valencic put together this short illustrated tutorial explaining how to share each checklist with the International Crane Foundation – part of our data submission process.

eBird Essentials Course – Get up to speed on how the largest biological citizen-science program in the world can help you with your birding. The eBird community gathers more than 100 million bird sightings each year from people like you. Providing a powerful tool for motivated bird enthusiasts everywhere, eBird helps you find more birds and keep track of your sightings. Collectively, these sightings are now empowering a global scientific community and helping answer pressing conservation questions. Full of video tutorials, this free course will get you ready to confidently store and share your sightings with eBird.

eBird Breeding and Behavior Codes – For observations of Sandhill Cranes, we are requesting that volunteers use eBird’s Breeding and Behavior Codes whenever possible. This set of codes provides a standardized set of information about the species’ breeding behavior and give lend more support for the species nesting in that location. A complete list of codes and their definitions is available at the link above.

County Coordinators

*complete details coming soon*

CountyCoordinatorAdditional Information
Ashland
ColumbianaChuck McClaugherty
DelawareRich Bradley
ErieMike Hensley, Mark Shieldcastle
FranklinJen Moore, Jason Parrish
Fulton
GeaugaDan Best, Matt Valencic
HardinNancy Risner
HolmesRandy Carmel
KnoxHoward Gratz, Cory Gratz
LoganTroy Shively
LucasMark Shieldcastle
MarionJames Anderson
OttawaMark Shieldcastle
PickawayArista Hartzler
RichlandJason Larson
SanduskyMark Shieldcastle
SummitDwight Chasar
TrumbullCarole Babyak
WayneRobert J. Hershberger, David McConnell
Williams
WyandotJane Riker

Survey block maps

Maps for each survey block are available below, organized by county. Click a county name to expand the page for a preview of the blocks within the county and a list of the target blocks within each county. The survey block system is the same as that used for the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio, and represents 1/6th of a U.S. Geological Survey 7.5-minute topographic map. Complete details on the Atlas block and survey design are available in the final book.

Ashland County

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Columbiana County

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Delaware County

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Erie County

Franklin County

Fulton County

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Geauga County

Hardin County

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Holmes County

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Knox County

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Logan County

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Marion County

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Pickaway County

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Richland County

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Sandusky County

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Summit County

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Trumbull County

Wayne County

Williams County

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Wyandot County

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