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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CRANE WORKSHOP 14:115-119
We hypothesized that territorial sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) in densely populated breeding areas occupy smaller home ranges that are richer in optimal habitat than those in less densely populated breeding areas. We analyzed satellite telemetry data collected from 2012 to 2016 for 3 and 2 sandhill cranes from dense and less dense breeding areas, respectively. Tracked sandhill cranes in a dense breeding area tended to have smaller home ranges (0.37-14.25 km2) with higher concentrations of wetlands (27%) and row crops (40%) than tracked sandhill cranes in the less dense breeding area (8.80-48.81 km2, 14% wetlands and 26% row crops). Studies on variation of breeding season habitat use will help to better understand the areas where breeding sandhill cranes are likely to congregate and can inform management and harvest decisions for sandhill cranes.