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David Brandt

David Brandt is a Wildlife Biologist at the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Interests include waterfowl ecology and conservation, sandhill cranes, whooping cranes, and conservation and restoration of habitats they depend on. Specific areas of interest and extensive field experience include capture/banding and marking techniques used on medium to large birds, development, and use of new technologies for remotely tracking wildlife, and waterfowl nesting and brood rearing in prairie landscapes.  He has conducted research on breeding, migrating, and wintering birds throughout the southern, central, and northern Great Plains and marked and monitored birds that migrate from Mexico to Russia. He has been involved with sandhill cranes and the Central Platte River Valley of Nebraska since the late 1990’s, capturing, marking, and monitoring hundreds of these ancient migrants.  Since 2009, research included capturing and marking endangered whooping cranes from the remaining wild population to gather baseline information on migration, habitat use, and important stopover areas throughout their annual cycle.  He developed a capture method that enabled the first marking of adult whooping cranes from this population on their wintering grounds.  He is also involved in investigating techniques used for establishing high diversity native plantings in degraded landscapes.