Cranes: Their Biology, Husbandry, and Conservation
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We are happy to present, via the web, the book "Cranes: Their Biology, Husbandry, and Conservation", edited by David H. Ellis, George F. Gee (both formerly of USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center) and Claire M. Mirande with Technical Editor Catherine H. Ellis and Copy Editor Lorie A. Shaull.

Please note: The files are in Portable Document Format (PDF) so you will need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.  If you don't already have this free tool, please go to: to get the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. 

For your information, most of the PDF files are less than 500 KB; however, Chapter 1 is 2.5 MB because it includes several color plates.

This book has received a number of awards including:

Apex 1997 Award for Publication Excellence
On the Record's 1996 Notable Documents List
Second Place Blue Pencil Award, Illustrated Book Category

Congratulations to all involved!

Please cite this book as:

David H. Ellis, George F. Gee, and Claire M. Mirande, editors. 1996 Cranes: their biology, husbandry and conservation. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Biological Service, Washington, DC and International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin. 1996. xii, 308 p.

(Available in hardbound version from Hancock House:

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Last Updated  11/07/2007