Are the Sandhill Cranes of British Columbia’s Lower Fraser Valley endangered?

Lee Harding

2339 Sumpter Drive, Coquitlam, B.C. V3J 6Y3; e-mail:

Abstract: The Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) is one of 15 species of cranes in the world and one of two in Canada. The population in the Lower Fraser Valley of British Columbia is believed to be one of two less common subspecies, G. c. tabida or G. c. rowani. The latter is taxonomically uncertain: it may be a mixture or an intergrade of subspecies. Sandhill Cranes breed in at least three locations in the Lower Fraser Valley. It is not known to which subspecies they belong or whether they constitute a population with subpopulations, a metapopulation, or part of a metapopulation with other coastal and interior populations. They lose habitat every year.

Key words: Sandhill crane, Grus canadensis, Grus canadensis rowani, Grus canadensis tabida, British Columbia, Lower Fraser Valley, Burns Bog, Pitt Polder

PDFicon Harding, L. 2010. Are the Sandhill Cranes of British Columbia’s Lower Fraser Valley endangered? British Columbia Birds 20:2-8.


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