A study of breeding success of Sandhill Cranes (Antigone canadensis) in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

Michael L. Sather

21837 Laurie Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 7V9; email: michaellsather@gmail.com

Abstract: The Alouette Field Naturalists conducted weekly spring crane counts in the Pitt Meadows area from 1999 to 2017. Adult Sandhill Crane numbers in the last eight years averaged 13.9 cranes per year. The overall rate of recruitment of juvenile cranes to the population was an estimated 3.8%. Only three current nest sites are known. Significant changes to the land base and predation appear to be the greatest challenges to this small Sandhill Crane population.

Key words: Sandhill Crane, Antigone canadensis, recruitment, nest sites, land base, predators.

PDFicon Sather, M.L. 2019. A study of breeding success of Sandhill Cranes (Antigone canadensis) in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. British Columbia Birds 29:29–35. First published on-line July 2018.

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