While we have several ongoing projects evaluating waterfowl use and needs in the Rainwater Basin, we feel sharing how bird populations are estimated is a topic relevant to this time of year. Our station biologist, Jeff Drahota, compiled a 12 page document with pictures explaining how Sandhill Crane counting is conducted during aerial surveys and how you can learn these skills, too.
The file, Crane Counting 101, is a 2.9 MB PDF document.
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Prescribed burning is used to remove old vegetative growth, release nutrients back to the soil, decrease woody and other invasive and undesirable plant species, increase warm season grasses and forbs, and reduce the amount of organic matter (litter) on the soil surface.