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

Minnesota Project

Delineating sandhill crane populations in Minnesota

May 2014 - June 2017


Participating Agencies

  • Division of Migratory Birds
  • State of Minnesota as recommended by the Legislative-Citizens Commission on Natural Resources

Portions of both he Mid-Continent and Eastern Populations of sandhill cranes breed in Minnesota, but how birds from each population are distributed is not well documented. This project is designed to better understand sandhill crane distribution in Minnesota.

Research Publications Publication Date
Wolfson, D.W., J.R. Fieberg, and D.E. Andersen. 2020. Juvenile sandhill cranes exhibit wider ranging and more exploratory movements than adults during the breeding season. Ibis 162:556-562 DOI:10.1111/ibi.12786. October 2020
Wolfson, D., J. Fieberg, J. Lawrence, T. Cooper, and D.E. Andersen. 2017. Range overlap between Mid-Continent and Eastern sandhill cranes revealed by GPS-tracking. Wildlife Society Bulletin 41:489-498. DOI:10.1002/wsb.799. | Download October 2017
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Wolfson, D.W. 2018. Migratory ecology and movement patterns of Mid-Continent and Eastern sandhill cranes. M.S. thesis, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. June 2018