An annual BirdLife Northern Queensland activity monitoring Sarus Cranes in the Atherton Tablelands IBA (Important Bird Area). Join BNQ members and local residents to count Sarus Cranes and Brolgas as they fly in to wetland roosts for the night. Results help monitor the Tablelands environment and its significant population of wintering Sarus Cranes. Reports are shared with BirdLife Australia's partner BirdLife International, who also monitor Sarus Cranes in India and south-east Asia.
Saturday 3rd October, 3.30pm to dark. Enquiries: Email Alan Gillanders or write to BNQ, PO Box 37 Belgian Gardens, Qld 4810.
With the BirdLife Australia Atlas, you can choose your own time and place to count NQ cranes. Your results go into the national Atlas database to help long term crane studies and conservation.
Australia's two cranes, the Brolga and rarer Sarus Crane, coexist well with many kinds of agriculture provided wetlands are protected. BNQ Crane Counts and Crane Atlassing contribute more every year to our knowledge about cranes, and how best to integrate their lifestyles with pastoral and other production environments.
For more information about research and conservation for Australia's Brolgas and Sarus Cranes, explore the Ozcranes (Australian Crane Network) website. Includes photographs, articles, reports on BNQ Crane Counts, latest research and conservation reports. Postal enquiries - Australian Crane Network, PO Box 59, Atherton Qld 4883
Sarus Crane family with cattle, Atherton Tableland, NQ (Courtesy Ian Montgomery, Birdway)