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Ozcranes News has the latest from our four sections (Info, Research, Australia-New Guinea Cranes and Conservation). The Diary lists crane-related events plus Natural Resource Management meetings in the Northern and Southern Gulf Regions, which include the main known Australian breeding area for Sarus Cranes.

Please contact us with your news items and events for the Diary. For projects or databases accepting sightings, please see Ozcranes Research».


A recent webinar from the International Crane Foundation highlights exciting results from a new program to reintroduce Eastern Sarus Cranes to Thailand, extinct in the country since the 1930s. Ozcranes has new pages on crane art and research, and an exciting new study on Brolga genetics is calling for people to collect moulted feathers.

Sarus Cranes in Thailand

Sarus Thailand

← Sarus Crane pair at Buriram, Thailand by Lonely Shrimp (licence in Sidebar)

The last photographs of wild Eastern Sarus Cranes in Thailand were taken in the 1930s, until ten were released from a new captive breeding program in Buriram Province, northeast Thailand, in 2011. Now Sarus Cranes are breeding in the wild, in rice fields and at reservoirs near the release area. A milestone year was 2016, which saw the hatching of the first two wild Sarus chicks in Thailand since the 1930s, a great achievement. The Thai reintroduction program is now the subject of an inspiring webinar from the International Crane Foundation, presented by Boripat Siriaroonrat, Triet Tran and George Archibald. The webinar series can be accessed on the ICF YouTube channel. The Thai program has partnered with multiple organisations and has achieved outstanding support from industry, agriculture and communities.

Crane Art page 5

A new gallery of Ozcranes crane art in the Resources section, paintings and craft objects from the collection of Ozcranes editor, Elinor Scambler.

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Elinor Scambler research

Elinor is the last of the four Australian members of the IUCN Crane Specialist Group to have a dedicated page on Ozcranes. Her page includes links to papers on Crane Counts, crane history on the Tablelands, Sarus Crane ‘triplets’ and Brolgas eating grebe eggs. Future work includes a study of major Brolga flocking sites in Australia.

Brolga DNA study – call for feathers

Kaytlyn (Skye) Davis has begun a PhD study with Macquarie University in collaboration with the University of New South Wales, ‘Informing the conservation of Australia's waterbirds from genetic connectivity analyses and eDNA’. For Brolgas, the study will examine genetic connectivity between northern and southern populations and explore the influence of current and future landscape features on gene flow. Genetic data will be obtained by employing a next-generation sequencing approach on DNA extracted from naturally-discarded feathers, a non-invasive technique. Study results will be used to inform conservation plans, particularly for threatened southern Brolga populations. If you can help Skye by collecting shed Brolga feathers please contact her at k.skye.davisATgmailDOTcom, or Kate Brandis kate.brandisATunswDOTeduDOTau. Skye's project brochure is here in Ozcranes Downloads».

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Five north Queensland Natural Resource Management regions are home to almost all Australia's Sarus Cranes, and significant populations of Brolgas. News, events and many resources are avalable from their websites.

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