Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Minnesota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Minnesota Project

The use of satellite telemetry to evalute migration chronology and breeding, migratory, and wintering distribution of Eastern Population sandhill cranes

August 2009 - June 2014


Participating Agencies

  • USFWS Region 3

Eastern Population(EP) sandhill cranes were largely extirpated by the early 1990s, but have recently increased dramatically in abundance, in part due to prohibitions on harvest and management of protected areas where they breed, migrate, and winter. However, little specific information exists about migration ecology of this population, including information about specific stopover and wintering areas. The objectives pf this study are to (1) delineate the breeding and wintering distribution of EP sandhill cranes, (2) delineate migratory corridors for EP sandhill cranes and (3) determine migration chronology. Information from this study can be used to inform the management strategy for EP sandhill cranes.

Research Publications Publication Date
Fronczak, D.L., D.E. Andersen, E.E. Hanna, and T. Cooper. 2015. Annual survival rate estimate of satellite-transmitter-marked Eastern Population greater sandhill cranes. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 6:464–471. September 2015
Fronczak, D.L., D.E.Andersen, E.E. Hanna, and T.R. Cooper. 2017. Distribution and migration chronology of Eastern Population sandhill cranes. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21272. | Download April 2017
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Fronczak, David. 2014. Distribution, migration chronology, and survival rates of Eastern Population sandhill cranes. M.S. thesis, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. November 2014