Call for Crane Count 2017
Date : Saturday 2rd September
Area : Malanda to Tinaroo
We do a day count of the birds feeding in the fields from midday to 2pm and then a roost count in the late afternoon.
You do not have to be an expert birder to participate and enjoy this event.
We divide the tablelands into prescribed routes. We need to get all the routes covered so please let me know if you are interested in taking part. We will give you a map and a record form. The importance of this data is to see if the numbers feeding are similar to those roosting and to see which crops are most important for the cranes.
Afternoon Roost Count:
Meet at Hastie's Swamp bird hide at 3pm to be assigned your roost. The meeting is essential because every year we get the record forms filled in incorrectly so do please get to Hasties by 3pm for the briefing. Also please let us know that you are coming so that we can plan in advance.
Dinner, results and an entertaining speaker:
Meet at the Malanda Hotel, 7pm for dinner. We will count the cranes and compare the results with the last 20 years. Yes it has been that long since the first CRANE COUNT.
Contact : This year the COUNT is being organized by Graham Harrington and David & Margaret Merrall. Contact 07 4096 5051 or 0448 055 077 or Email
Sarus Cranes on wings (courtesy Mikey Kudo)
Brolgas (courtesy Mikey Kudo)