Two sandhill cranes in northern Utah

Photo credit: Utah DWR

The Amazing Trace: tracking sandhill cranes in Utah

Posted Oct. 11, 2022

“Utah is an important state for sandhill cranes’ breeding and migration. Over a thousand sandhill cranes nest in Utah each year, and tens of thousands migrate through Utah each fall and spring on their way to their winter and breeding grounds. Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties have established habitat areas for breeding cranes. The Uintah Basin, as well as Sanpete and Sevier counties, are crucial stopover points during migration.

“Working with public and private partners all over the west, the Utah Wildlife Migration Initiative consolidates tracking data for a number of wildlife and fish species so we can understand more about animal movement and behaviors, and identify barriers to safe wildlife migration.”