Sandhill Crane Populations and Management in Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
U of MN
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2017
Counties Affected
Becker
Beltrami
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Morrison
Todd
Wadena
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 226, Sec. 2, Subd. 05h
Appropriation Language

$250,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to delineate population boundaries, habitat use relative to crop depredation, and migration patterns and survival of Minnesota's two populations of sandhill cranes, Mid-continent and Eastern. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2017, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$250,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
3.91
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

Sandhill cranes have expanded their range in Minnesota and elsewhere and as populations have expanded several states, including Minnesota, have initiated sandhill crane hunting seasons and other states are considering doing the same. Partially this is in response to increasing complaints of crop degradation by sandhill cranes. Despite expanding populations, though, sandhill cranes remain a species of management concern and current information on population distribution and migration patterns of sandhill cranes in Minnesota is insufficient for projecting the impact of hunting or for making informed management decisions. Researchers at the University of Minnesota are using this appropriation to conduct a survey to better understand population distributions, movement patterns, habitat usage, and survival of sandhill cranes in Minnesota in order to inform harvest and management strategies that will minimize conflict with agricultural interests.

Project Manager
First Name
David
Last Name
Andersen
Organization Name
U of MN
Street Address
1980 Folwell Ave, 200 Hodson Hall
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55108
Phone
(612) 626-1222
Email
dea@umn.edu