Whooping Crane Pair with Chick #W13-14 May 2014
Whooping cranes face an additional threat from humans (Warning: Graphic content)
Whooping Crane Vocalizations
All of these calls were recorded in the wild by Dr. Bernhard Wessling from the last remaining naturally reproducing whooping crane flock.
Alert-Guard call- mp3
Contact-Brood call – mp3
Defense Call – mp3
Flight Call – mp3
Guard Call – mp3
Preflight – mp3
Unison Call – mp3
Dr. Bernhard Wessling is a German chemist and entrepreneur who has been active for over 20 years as a volunteer in crane protection and research. His main focus is behavior, including 5 years of vocal communication and identification research. He developed a technique for recording, computer analyzing and “voice printing” cranes which gives the possibility to monitor crane individuals and pairs over many years but from a distance without having to touch them. It is possible to monitor their territorial and partnership fidelity – with surprising results. Dr. Wessling is involved in five German and international monitoring projects, including recovery of the last wild Whooping Crane population.
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership has a number of project images available for media to use. Please visit our Flickr site to view.