Ozcranes is the website of the Australian Crane Network, an informal network linking people in Australia and New Guinea who work with Brolgas Grus rubicunda and Sarus Cranes Grus antigone. The Network includes scientists, other researchers, landowners, bird observers, and landcare and catchment care workers. We share information and news about research, projects and experiences relevant to Brolgas and Sarus Cranes and their habitat, including wetlands, farms and pastoral properties.
If you would like to take part in the Network, or contribute content to Ozcranes, please contact us.
Our network began in 2004 with an invitation through Birds Australia from the International Crane Foundation, for crane workers in the Australasian region to collaborate with colleagues in India, Europe, Africa and Asia. The International Crane Foundation works to protect the world's 15 crane species and their habitats in cooperation with many people, agencies and governments. For more information on Australian cranes and projects check the various sections of this site via the top menu or Site Map.
For links to crane research and conservation organisations in many countries, check Ozcranes Resources».
Cranes depend on wetlands year round and the future of all fifteen crane species worldwide depends on wetland health and a positive relationship with people, especially farmers and other land managers. Within Australia and New Guinea, Ozcranes highlights new research and issues affecting Brolgas, Sarus Cranes, and wetlands.
Support Ozcranes is an informal, fully voluntary Network, and is not funded or seeking donations or financial grants at this time. For website content, we rely on in-kind help from the writers, photographers, artists and organisations noted alongside the article or image. They're listed in Resources 3», please support them if you have a commercial or funded project. Website design, building and maintenance are also fully voluntary, some of the invaluable resources we rely on are outlined on our Tech and Web Standards» page. Web-hosting is supported by Webboy. The editor relies on commercial hardware and support from FNQ Computers Atherton, providers with an outstanding advice and service ethic.
Our logos Early morning mist over a north Queensland wetland. Surrounded by scattered trees and short grasses, the shallow wetland edges are perfect for Brolgas and Sarus Cranes to roost and feed in the non-breeding (Dry) season (design by cranesnorth).
Crane portraits The Brolga and Sarus Crane paintings on every page are copyright JN Davies, the artist, and used with his kind permission. They are portions of larger images from Volume Two of the major series ‘Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds’, published by Oxford University Press, Melbourne for Birds Australia.
Ozcranes is working towards accessiblity for all web users interested in Brolgas, Sarus Cranes and crane conservation. As a first step, Ozcranes pages can be read in large print and are print-friendly – see the Help» page for details. If you have suggestions for improving accessibility or usability of the site, please contact us».
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Postal enquiries Australian Crane Network, PO Box 285, Malanda, Queensland, Australia 4885.
- About projects (Southern Australia) & Brolgas: Matthew Herring
- About projects (Northern Australia & NG) & Sarus Cranes: Elinor Scambler
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