TOP 5 VIEWING SITES
• Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area, Wayne County
• Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ottawa County
• Sandy Ridge Reservation of Lorain County Metroparks, Trumbull County
• Lake LaSuAn Wildlife Area, Williams County
• Deer Creek Wildlife Area, Pickaway County
The state endangered sandhill crane occurs in marshes, swamps and grasslands or crop fields adjacent to these wetlands. They have nested or staged in the top 5 viewing sites, and they can often be seen in these areas during spring and fall migration. The number of breeding pairs observed in Ohio has remained around 25 pairs in Ohio during the last 3 years with approximately 27 cranes fledged in 2012.
These numbers are the minimum number of breeding cranes in Ohio based on observations from the public. A flock of 20 nonbreeding cranes was seen throughout the summer at Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area. Increased numbers of cranes have also been seen at Deer Creek and Funk Bottoms during spring and fall migration.
Survey details and historical data can be found in the Wetland Species Overview section of the Wildlife Population Status and Hunting Forecast.
Several cranes were marked with satellite transmitters in 2010-12, and their migration routes can be found here.