On 15 October 2015, the new KRANORAMA observation deck opened at Günzer Lake. It provides the surrounding national park in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with the first barrier-free access to a crane feeding ground.
Crane ranger – Flightmanager Christine Härtl

A matter of the heart

Crane protection

Day and night, cranes can once again be seen and heard in some regions of Germany as they return to their winter quarters in France, Spain and North Africa. Each year, in autumn, well over 200,000 cranes leave their nesting grounds in Germany, Scandinavia, Poland, Finland and the Baltic States and fly south, emitting their shrill, trumpeting cry and creating a unique natural spectacle. In the Rügen-Bock region alone, the cranes’ largest resting place in Central Europe on the Baltic coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, as many as 70,000 of these large, impressive birds then make landfall.

Since 1991 Lufthansa has been a proud partner of the German Crane Protection team and supports the Crane Information Centre in Groß Mohrdorf in Stralsund, which attracts around 15,000 visitors each year.

KRANORAMA - new barrier-free observation deck

On 15 October 2015, the new KRANORAMA observation deck opened at Günzer Lake. It provides the surrounding national park in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with the first barrier-free access to a crane feeding ground. A live broadcast feed of the cranes on a monitor in KRANORAMA guarantees an up-close experience with the birds, which can grow up to 1.20 metres tall. Other audio-visual media presents constantly updated information about the resting place and migration of the charismatic cranes. The observation deck is powered by solar energy.

Worldwide commitment to the bird in our corporate logo

Due to the ongoing destruction of the cranes’ natural habitats, ten of the 15 crane species worldwide are now endangered. In an effort to halt this development, Lufthansa has been committed for more than 30 years to protecting the crane. In addition, employees of the Lufthansa Group volunteer as Crane Rangers in the Crane Information Centre.

Crane Information Centre

With its diverse exhibitions, events and guided tours, it is not only an information centre but also a research facility and a meeting point for scientists, nature conservationists and bird lovers. The center is part of the pan-European crane protection network.
www.kraniche.de

Further information

Facebook-Website
www.facebook.com/kranichschutz

Brochure Crane Protection by the Lufthansa Group

Kraniche – Vögel des Glücks
(in German language only)