Wayne County is No. 1 in Ohio for sandhill cranes in state count

Wayne County is No. 1 in Ohio for sandhill cranes in state count
Mostly gray, sandhill cranes have a red patch on the top of their heads, and are known for their unique bugling call. You’ll often hear them before you see them. PROVIDED BY KISA WEEMAN

The moment long gone from Ohio’s landscape, the sandhill crane is producing a exceptional comeback in the Buckeye State, and Wayne County is floor zero for the revival. 

And now, it’s formal, as the Midwest Crane Depend was carried out in mid-April by a team of volunteers, and Wayne County much and away was the No. 1 locale for the spotting of the majestic hen.

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Statewide, 371 sandhill cranes have been located in a rely coordinated by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the International Crane Basis, and the Ohio Chicken Conservation Initiative. 

Performed in pre-picked counties acknowledged to have sandhill crane nesting habitat (wetlands), Wayne County topped the checklist with volunteers documenting 84 birds. Geauga County was second with 56, adopted by Trumbull with 47, and Holmes County with 18. Volunteers in Ashland County counted 11 sandhill cranes.