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Individual Information for each whooping crane in the eastern flock.

Revised Oct. 28, 2014

 

In the PDF document, click on the hatch year to view more information about the individual whooping crane.

 

 

Project Update: October 1 to November 5, 2014

 

Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 97 birds (54 males, 43 females). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period included  56 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 21 in Indiana, 3 in Illinois, 3 in Kentucky, 3 in Alabama, 9 at unknown locations, 1 not recently reported and 1 long term missing.

 

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News Release: Endangered Whooping Cranes Depart on Aircraft-guided Flight to Florida

October 24, 2014

 

BERLIN, WI

Seven Whooping crane chicks began their migration to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in mid-October. After months of preparation and training, the young cranes left White River Marsh State Wildlife Area in Green Lake County, Wisconsin and began their journey following two light aircraft. These efforts are led by Operation Migration Inc., a founding member of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

 

Every spring/summer Whooping crane chicks are hatched and imprinted to follow a small aircraft. These chicks are initially raised and trained by costumed humans at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center before being brought to Wisconsin where they continue training. This technique repeatedly proves effective because of the birds' natural instinct to imprint on the first creature that nurtures it.

 

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Project Update: August 18 to September 30, 2014

 

General

Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 99 birds (55 males, 42 females and 2 unknown). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period included  95 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 1 in Indiana, 1 in Illinois, 1 not recently reported and 1 long term missing.

 

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Captive Whooping Cranes Released into the Wild: Efforts continue to increase population of endangered bird

September 20, 2014

USFWS News Release

 

NECEDAH, Wisc. – Four whooping crane chicks raised in captivity begin their integration into the wild today as part of the continuing effort to increase the wild population of this endangered species.

 

The cranes, hatched and raised by their parents at the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland, were released on the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Wisconsin.

 

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Project Update: July 16 to August 15, 2014

 

General

Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 96 birds (55 males, 40 females and 1 unknown). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period included  93 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 1 in Indiana, 1 in Illinois and 1 long term missing. This total includes 1 surviving wild-hatched chick.

 

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August 12 , 2014, Project Update

Eva Szyszkoski, WCEP Tracking Field Manager confirmed that wild-hatched Whooping crane chick #W3-14 has officially FLEDGED! Eva was able to capture this stunning photograph as evidence and to share with everyone.

 


 

 

Project Update: June 15 to July 15, 2014

 

General

Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 95 birds (55 males and 40 females). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period included  92 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 1 in Indiana, 1 in Illinois and 1 long term missing. This total does not include 1 wild-hatched chick.

 

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2014 WCEP News and Feature Stories

 

2013 WCEP News and Feature Stories

 

2012 WCEP News and Feature Stories

 

2011 WCEP News and Feature Stories