Conservation

Crane Count 2024: Brenton Slough

In partnership with the International Crane Foundation's Midwest Crane Count, Polk County Conservation is calling all bird lovers, newcomers, and avid hobbyists to assist in our annual Sandhill Crane count. Each year in mid-April, over 1,600 volunteers across the Midwest travel to their local wetlands and favorite birding locations to participate in collecting population data. This annual survey of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes spans over 120 counties in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota. In Polk County, this data provides key insights into the effectiveness of our habitat restoration efforts in our management areas.

Walking routes only will be available at Brenton Slough. Driving routes are available at the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt site. Participants will need to be familiar with using GPS to record locations of sightings on their phones or other device.

To learn more about the Crane Count, please consider watching the "Lunch & Learn: Crane Count 2023" by visiting rb.gy/n8db16 or virtually attending the "Lunch and Learn: Crane Count 2024" on March 20, 2024 (RSVP at rb.gy/v9onya).

TEAM LEADER PREREQUISITE: All team leaders will be required to attend a brief training prior to the count to become familiar with their routes, sharpen their identification skills, and to learn about reporting procedures.

ACTIVITY: Wildlife monitoring – Sandhill Crane population data collection

ECOLOGICAL IMPACT: Wildlife, slough habitat

PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: Easy – Moderate

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by April 8. If the event is at capacity, contact Volunteer Coordinators to inquire about participation.

GROUPS ALLOWED: Yes

AGES: All ages welcome. Ages under 16 with adult supervision. No experience necessary and all training provided.

WHAT TO BRING:  It is recommended to dress for the weather. Wear long pants and closed-toe sturdy shoes. In an effort to promote sustainability at this event, please bring a refillable water bottle. Also bring binoculars and a smart phone or device with GPS capabilities.

LOCATION DETAILS & SCHEDULE:

Brenton Slough | All registered participants will be sent exact meeting location details closer to the event date. 

6:00 AM - 6:30 AM: Volunteer sign-in and introductions | 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Crane count

EVENT PARTNER: International Crane Foundation & Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

CONTACT: ConservationVolunteers@polkcountyiowa.gov

Polk County Conservation strives to host inclusive, accessible events and meetings that enable all individuals to participate. If you anticipate needing a modification due to a disability or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at 515-323-5300 or pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov.

Volunteer, Wildlife, Brenton Slough, Slough Habitat, Ages Under 5, Ages 10 and up, Adults, Senior Adults

Upcoming Times


This event is not currently scheduled.