Natural History

The Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area supports a wide variety of wildlife species and hosts ongoing research about Greater Sandhill Cranes and annual bird banding under the auspices of the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program.

In addition to it’s own history, the southern and western portion of the Marsh include a section of the Oregon Trail.

You can find more information about all these elements of the Marsh below. 


Checklists for Wildlife Species

The checklists below are in Adobe PDF format for you to download and use.

Greater Sandhill Crane Project 2022

Since 2007, the Ladd Marsh staff and partners have banded and tracked Greater Sandhill Cranes using the Marsh. Beginning in 2015, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife initiated the Sandhill Crane Satellite Telemetry Project with the assistance of Dr. Blake Grisham (Grisham Climate Response Lab, Texas Tech University), Friends of Ladd Marsh and others. You can read about the most recent work on this project, including captures, color banding and some of the birds’ movements since being fitted with transmitters, in the following document.

Sandhill Crane Project: Background and Summary (PDF)

Project Partners and Sponsors:

  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Friends of Ladd Marsh
  • Grisham Climate Response Lab at Texas Tech University
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Oregon Wildlife
  • The Wildhorse Foundation
  • The Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc
  • The Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society
  • Oregon Birding Association
portrait of a sandhill crane