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I'm posting the following, excerpted from the latest newsletter of the
Ornithological Societies of North America. Keep an eye on the legs of
the Sandhill Cranes you see this winter!

Marianne Korosy
Chuluota, FL

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE - SANDHILL CRANES, Please keep your eyes on the
legs of sandhill cranes throughout Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota,
Northern Illinois, Northeastern Iowa, and Northwestern Indiana this fall
and during winter in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and
Louisiana. These cranes were banded as part of a long term study by the
International Crane Foundation in south-central Wisconsin near the town
of Briggsville. We are hoping to gain more information on breeding
dispersal of cranes that were banded as juveniles. Each crane has a
three-inch band in green, blue, or yellow on one leg above the hock
joint. These bands are engraved with a unique three-digit number. On the
opposite leg, is a combination of one-inch color bands. There is also a
silver U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service band either in the combination of
one-inch color bands, or down on the toes. For a picture of the
different banding schemes of all sandhill crane banding projects in the
eastern half of the United States, please visit the International Crane
Foundation's website (URL:
http://www.savingcranes.org/conservation/our_projects/program.cfm?id=17).
It is important to record the exact sequence of color bands on each leg,
engraved number on three-inch band (if seen), which leg holds the
three-inch band, and which leg holds the one-inch color bands. Send
observations of color bands along with location (distance and direction
to nearest town and state), date, and as much information as possible,
along with your contact information, to: JEB BARZEN, International Crane
Foundation, P. O. Box 447, Baraboo, WI 53913-0447, (EM:
[log in to unmask]) or MATT HAYES, International Crane Foundation, P.
O. Box 447, Baraboo, WI 53913-0447, (EM: [log in to unmask]).

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