About Ozcranes

Ozcranes is the website of the Australian Crane Network, an informal voluntary network linking people in Australia and New Guinea who work with Brolgas Antigone rubicunda and Sarus Cranes Antigone 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.

Please contact us to take part in the Network, or contribute to Ozcranes. For information on cranes and projects in Australia and overseas, check the various sections of this site via the top menu or Site Map.

Our Network

The network began in 2004 with an invitation forwarded through BirdLife 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 links to crane research and conservation organisations in many countries, check Ozcranes Resources». Ozcranes is an informal, fully voluntary Network, and is not funded or seeking donations or financial grants at this time.

Ozcranes logo

Ozcranes ‘travelling logo’ (top left of screen) takes you to Ozcranes Home from anywhere on the site

Ozcranes website The Design background was created by Elinor Scambler, based on a Chinese papercut with a stylised crane fying through high clouds. Website design, building, maintenance and content editing are by Elinor Scambler. The Brolga and Sarus Crane paintings at the top of every page are copyright JN Davies, the artist, and used with his kind permission. Ron Hill kindly designed the Crane-Friendly fencing logo especially for Ozcranes Conservation fencing pages. Ozcranes supports the Wildlife Friendly Fencing project. For website content, we rely on in-kind help from the writers, artists, photographers and organisations noted alongside the article or image, please support them if you have a commercial or funded project. From 2005-2019 web-hosting was generously provided by Peter Firminger, who has now retired: we now use a commercial service. The editor relies on commercial hardware and support from FNQ Computers and Rob at RMCP Repairs, Atherton, far north Queensland.

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Web Standards & Accessiblity

Ozcranes aims to be accessible for all web users interested in Brolgas, Sarus Cranes and crane conservation – especially in rural areas where cranes and people live side by side. Even today, rural users have problems with internet speeds and reliability, so Ozcranes keeps images small and page coding as simple as possible, using Web Standards as the key to good user experience. Ozcranes pages can be read in large print and are print-friendly – see the Help» page for details. The site is coded to work in all modern browsers, and some older browsers, at a range of screen sizes and resolutions. The site works well on iPad or tablet such as Samsung Galaxy (held landscape view), but as yet there's no mobile version. If you have suggestions for improving accessibility or usability of the site, please contact us».

If you need to know... Ozcranes is hand-coded with CSS3 and xhtml 1.0 Strict, except for the Home page and Behaviour: Brolga & Sarus Crane Calls», which use particular features available in html 5. All pages parse as xml, and the site ‘degrades gracefully’ down to earlier versions of main browsers.

Copyright, Legal, Privacy

Copyright Ozcranes is grateful for permissions granted for us to use material on this site, please respect the rights of the copyright owners. Opinions: Materials we present are selected for their interest to readers, and don't necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Crane Network, its network partners, or the Editor. Please read more on copyright and legal disclaimer, as well as our privacy policy, in Ozcranes Help» and Legal» pages.

Contact us

Postal enquiries Australian Crane Network, PO Box 1383, Atherton, Queensland, Australia 4883.


Photographers & Art

If you have a commercial project, or grant funding, please support the people who've allowed us to use their photographs and artwork. In alpha (surname) order..

Sandy Carroll Sandy Carroll
Jeff Davies, HANZAB bird artist Jeff Davies
Rob Gray Photography Rob Gray
International Crane Foundation ICF
Merritt Images Peter Merritt
Birdway Photography Ian Montgomery
Wild Watch Jonathan Munro
David Stowe Photography David Stowe
KS Gopi Sundar KS Gopi Sundar
Wildlifing Michael Todd

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