Sandhill Crane Finder
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The International Crane Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. We provide knowledge, leadership, and inspiration to engage people in resolving threats to cranes and their diverse landscapes.
Sandhills Cranes are a story of hope for birds in North America. Seventy-five years ago, Sandhill Cranes were declining across the country due to habitat loss and unregulated hunting. The actions of concerned citizens, wetland protection and international legislation has turned the tide. We created this website to help you explore where Sandhill Cranes live throughout the year and discover new places where you might see these magnificent birds.
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Sandhill cranes landing at roosting site before sunset - photo by Ted Thousand
Photo by Ted Thousand
Sandhill Crane Distribution
Sandhill Cranes range widely across North America, depending on the time of year. Explore where people have recently reported seeing Sandhill Cranes across the continent and where they are in other seasons.
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Sandhills Near You?
Looking for places near you to see Sandhill Cranes? Explore where others spotted Sandhill Cranes in the past month. If there aren't recent sightings, click on Important Bird Areas near you to see when cranes are most likely to visit.
Find Sandhill Cranes Near You

Pair of Sandhill cranes on their nest in a wetland with two small chicks - photo by Ted Thousand
Photo by Ted Thousand

Smiling researchers placing bands on pre-fledge crane chick - photo by Susanna Mann
Researchers place leg bands on a crane. Photo by Susanna Mann
Help our Scientists
Resightings of banded cranes help our researchers better understand these birds. Your reports further our understanding of cranes habits and movements throughout their lives. Help us by sharing your sighting.
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