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Sept. 10, 2015: Whooping crane class of 2015 gets ready for next adventure: migration


May 14, 2015: First wild whoopers hatch in 2015; record nests spur hopes of more young


2014 News Releases and Announcements


September 20, 2014: Captive Whooping Cranes Released into the Wild: Efforts continue to increase population of endangered bird

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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.


June 26, 2014: USFWS News Release - Reward Offered in Indiana Whooping Crane Case


June 23, 2014: USFWS News Release - Foster a Land Ethic That Would Make Aldo Leopold Proud


May 13, 2014: First Whooping Crane of the Season Hatches at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge


March 31, 2014: Whooping Crane Funding Comes to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge - - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release


Jan. 7, 2014: Endangered Whooping Cranes Arrive at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL on Aircraft-guided Flight


2013 News Releases and Announcements


Dec. 11, 2013: Direct Autumn Release Birds - - WCEP Statement


They are on the move! A lot has happened since our last update on the four Direct Autumn Release (DAR) Whooping Cranes remaining in central Wisconsin. WCEP staff traveled to Horicon National Wildlife Refuge early Wednesday morning to relocate the young cranes to a more suitable wintering area, but the cranes had other plans -- all four took wing on their own! Three of the cranes were confirmed in northern Illinois Wednesday afternoon, while the fourth, #59-13, decided to return to the refuge. She was transported to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday and released on the refuge. We will continue to track the three cranes on the move and will keep you updated on their progress as we know more.


Dec. 11, 2013: Direct Autumn Release Birds - - WCEP Statement


Thank you to everyone who has been following our updates on the Direct Autumn Release (DAR) Whooping Cranes. With the recent arrival of winter weather in Wisconsin, we’ve been monitoring the cranes at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on a daily basis.


Sadly, two additional DAR cranes have recently died. DAR Whooping Crane “Hawkeye” was found dead on December 4, and “Epstein” was found dead on December 7.  Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership members are deeply concerned about the welfare of the four remaining cranes at Horicon NWR. The partnership has been working around the clock this week to find the best solution for relocating the birds as soon as possible.


We greatly appreciate your concern and support as we work through the next step in this reintroduction effort.  We will continue to keep you updated on the health and status of the DAR birds. 


Nov. 15, 2013: Young Whooping Cranes Begin Fall Migration


Oct. 29, 2013: Young Whooping Cranes Begin Fall Migration


Sept. 9, 2013: Young Whooping Cranes Will Learn Migration Route from their Elders


August 29, 2013: Whooping Cranes Stay the Course When They Follow a Wise Old Bird - - University of Maryland News Release


May 22, 2013: Wild Whooping Crane Chick Hatches in Central Wisconsin


May 15, 2013: Partnership Study on Nesting Success of Eastern Migratory Whooping Cranes


April 10, 2013: 2013 Whooping Crane Spring Migration is Underway


Feb. 11, 2013: Injured Whooping Crane Released Back into the Wild at Hiwassee State Wildlife Refuge in Meigs County, Tennessee


Jan. 11, 2013: The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership Seeks Public Assistance Locating Missing Whooping Crane in Georgia


2012 News Releases and Announcements


Dec. 4, 2012: Citizen Tip Helps Close the Knox County Whooping Crane Case


Nov. 27, 2012: Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes Arrive at Wintering Destination in Florida


Nov. 14, 2012: Ultralight Whooping Cranes Soar into Walker County, Alabama on Their Way to Florida U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release


Oct. 31, 2012: Young Whooping Cranes Begin Fall Migration


Oct. 2, 2012: Endangered Whooping Cranes Depart on Ultralight-guided Flight to Florida


Sept. 7, 2012: Young Whooping Cranes Will Learn Migration Route from their Elders


June 27, 2012: Six Whooping Crane Chicks Arrive in Wisconsin for Ultralight Training


May 16, 2012: Investigation complete on whooping crane killing - - Indiana DNR News Release


May 1, 2012: Wild Whooping Crane Chick Hatches in Central Wisconsin


April 17, 2012: Spring Migration is Underway for the “Class of 2011” Whooping Cranes


April 16, 2012: Monthly Update for March: locations of eastern migratory population


April 10, 2012: Please Keep A Distance From Cranes


April 4, 2012: Operation Migration Granted FAA Exemption


March 29, 2012: Spring 2012 Nesting Update


Feb. 13, 2012: Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes Released at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Released crane photos and tagging at:  http://www1.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast/


Feb. 3, 2012: Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes will head to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge


January 10 - FAA Grants Waiver Allowing Ultralight-led Migration to Continue


January 9 - Reward Fund Started for Indiana Whooping Crane Case


January 5 - Ultra-light-led Migration of Whooping Cranes on Hold in Alabama



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Unison Call - mp3
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Media Contacts


Davin Lopez

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Office: (608) 266-0837

Cell: (262) 364-7568

e-mail: Davin.Lopez@Wisconsin.gov


Heather Ray

Operation Migration

Phone: 920-573-0905
e-mail: heather@operationmigration.org


Sara Gavney Moore
Communications Specialist
International Crane Foundation
Phone: 608-356-9462 x. 155

email: sgm@savingcranes.org


Georgia Parham

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region

Phone: 812-334-4261 x203

e-mail: Georgia_Parham@fws.gov