November 2015 Project Update
The adult cranes are starting to move around and flock up in preparation for their fall migration, with one pair already seen in Indiana. The Ultralight migration is already underway (for updates see Operation Migration’s Field Journal), and the Direct Autumn Release birds have been banded and were officially released at Horicon NWR as of 3 November. The current maximum population size is 100 birds (52 males, 46 females, 2 unknown). Many thanks to our crane trackers at International Crane Foundation, as well as Heather Ray (Operation Migration), Wisconsin DNR pilots Bev Paulan and Mike Callahan, and the volunteers and public all working to help us keep an eye on our birds wherever they may roam.
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WCEP Statement about USFWS Vision Document
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership is committed to working together to continue building the eastern migratory population of Whooping Cranes. The partners will be discussing the Fish and Wildlife Service vision document and many other items at the January 2016 meeting as part of the development for the next five year strategic plan. Questions and concerns about the vision document should be directed to Georgia Parham at USFWS (812-334-4261 x 1203, Georgia_Parham@fws.gov)
Wisconsin DNR "Ask the Expert"
WCEP members participated in the Wisconsin DNR online chat series and answered questions about the season wrap up and migration.
View the chat - link is under "Completed Events" on the right side
News Release: Sept. 10, 2015
Whooping crane class of 2015 gets ready for next adventure: migration
PRINCETON, Wis. – Members of the whooping crane class of 2015 are getting ready for their next big adventure.
For the first time in their young lives they’ll learn to fly to their wintering grounds in the central and southeastern United States, another crucial step in efforts to re-establish a migratory population in the eastern half of North America. Hatched and raised in a variety of settings to increase cranes’ overall chance for survival, the whoopers also will reach their destinations in a variety of ways.
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Project Update: Sept. 7, 2015
Many thanks to our crane trackers at the International Crane Foundation and Operation Migration, as well as Heather Ray, Wisconsin DNR pilots Bev Paulan and Mike Callahan, and the volunteers and public all working to help us keep an eye on our birds wherever they may roam.
The map documents the most recent locations of all whooping cranes currently being tracked. Additionally, the transmitter list has been updated. The current maximum population size is 92 birds (50 males, 40 females, 2 unknown), including the three newly-fledged chicks.
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Aug. 21, 2015 - Wisconsin Public Radio Interview
Wisconsin Public Radio - Checking In On Wisconsin's Whooping Cranes
Glen Moberg talks to Anne Lacy, Crane Research Coordinator for the International Crane Foundation, about whooping crane recovery.