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Make a Difference!

Many members of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership are non-profit non-government organizations. If you are interested in donating to the whooping crane reintroduction project and/or to any of the WCEP non-government organizations, please follow the links below to learn about the organizations, how to donate, and how the donations are used.

International Crane Foundation

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

Operation Migration

For Everyone!

Everyday Actions We Can Take to conserve the Living Diversity of Our World

Conserve Water and Protect Water Quality

Water plants and lawns in the evening and only when necessary – Outdoor water use accounts for half of the total amount of water consumed in the summer months. Wise use of water not only protects the environment, but provides for optimum growing conditions. Avoid losing water to evaporation by midday heat by watering in the evening. buy plants native to your area that require less water.

Conserve Water at Home – Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth, wash your face, and shave, and conserve more than 20 gallons of water. Take quick showers. Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than running the tap for cold water. Avoid using running water to defrost foods; refrigerate them overnight. Install low-flush toilets, faucets, and shower heads.

Reduce household pollutants – Avoid buying toxic household products. Look for the “no phosphate” label on household cleaning products. Or use vegetable-based cleaning products and biodegradable detergents.

Properly dispose of household hazardous chemicals – Do not dump hazardous chemicals, like paint supplies, lawn-care, or cleaning products down the drain. Follow disposal instructions.

Did you know? Nearly 50 of U.S. endangered animals and 25 of endangered plants live in or rely on wetlands?

Conserve Energy

Use energy-efficient lighting and appliances to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Seek alternatives to driving, instead use mass transit, ride your bike, or walk.

Thoughtful Consumer Choices

Making small changes in what we eat and buy is a simple way we can protect our living world.

Buy produce that is in season and/or grown locally – This reduces transportation and energy costs. Out-of-season produce requires intensive resources to grow and ship long distances. Often out-of-season produce comes from countries with less stringent pesticide regulations than North America.

Avoid consuming species that are over harvested – Do not eat swordfish and other marine animals that are over fished. Visit the National Marine Fisheries Service website at www.kingfish.spp.nmfs.gov/sfa for a list of over-harvested fish and marine animals.

Buy products with minimal packaging – Buy foods in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging. Avoid individually wrapped items.

Eat more fruits and vegetables – Eating more fruits and vegetables ensures a high-fiber, low cholesterol diet that is better for you and the environment. Meat production uses huge amounts of land, water, and energy which results in extensive air and water pollution.

Avoid paper or plastic – choose reusable! – The best choice is a reusable cloth bag. Reusing a bag five times displaces the pollution caused by the manufacture of one disposable bag. If this is not possible opt for paper bags made from recycled paper. Choose white or clear plastic bags over red, orange, or yellow plastic.

Compost – Compost your “green” kitchen scraps, grass clippings and fall leaves.

Prevent waste – Think twice before accepting a bag for a small purchase. Replace paper napkins and towels with cloth. Buy paper products made from 100 post-consumer fiber. Reuse plastic cups, plates, and utensils.

What to do if you see a whooping crane

If you encounter a whooping crane in the wild, please give them the respect and distance they need. Do not approach birds on foot within 200 yards; remain in your vehicle; do not approach in a vehicle any closer than 100 yards. Also, please remain concealed and do not speak loudly enough that the birds can hear you. Finally, do not trespass on private property in an attempt to view or photograph whooping cranes.

Joe Duff, the project’s lead ultralight pilot, said it best during an interview: “Although we take special precautions to ensure these birds are reared in isolation from human contact, they are still far from wild. Their return to nature takes place over months but could be destroyed by one curious onlooker. Despite good intentions the best thing an observer could do for these birds and this project is to observe from a distance. The worst thing you could do is attempt to feed them. “

Each exposure lessens the whooping cranes’ natural fear of humans, which is an important survival mechanism. Feeding the whooping cranes can result in the birds becoming dependent on humans as a source of food. Both would negate the many long hours biologists, veterinarians, pilots and volunteers endured in hot costumes and silence while raising and caring for these whooping cranes.

Reporting Whooping Crane Sightings for WCEP Trackers

We would appreciate you reporting your sighting on our online website at https://www.savingcranes.org/report-whooping-crane/. Thank you!

Reporting Whooping Crane Sightings to Others (on ListServs, Partner Facebook pages, etc.)

When Whooping Cranes are present at the following nine sites, the name of the Refuge or park may be used on birding lists and on social media sites, however no other location information more specific than the name of the property should be used. When whooping cranes are present at other sites, only the birds’ county-level location should be shared.  

Wisconsin:

  1. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
  2. Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
  3. White River Marsh State Wildlife Area

Florida:

  1. Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
  2. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
  3. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Other:

  1. Hiwassee State Wildlife Refuge, TN
  2. Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, AL
  3. Goose Pond State Fish & Wildlife Area, IN