Project Updates 2011

13 Nov – 19 Dec |



Whooping Crane Update, 20 December – 16 January, 2012

K. Szyszkoski
The attached map indicates the last known location of the Whooping Cranes in the Eastern Migratory Population. This map does not include birds that have no record on migration, moved from a previous migration stopover location to an unknown area, or that are long term missing.

General: Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 103 birds (53 males and 50 females). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period or last record included 39 whooping cranes in Indiana, 2 in Illinois, 5 in Georgia, 7 in Alabama, 2 in South Carolina, 2 in North Carolina, 6 in Tennessee, 1 in Missouri, 13 in Florida, 17 at unknown locations, 1 with no recent report, and 6 long term missing.

Mortality

Male no. 6-05 was found shot NW of Crothersville, Jackson County, Indiana, on 30 December. He had last been observed alive around noon the day before on the Muscatatuck NWR to the NE. His mate, no. 37-09 (DAR), remains in the area. An additional pair, nos. 32-09 (DAR)/41-09 (DAR) are also in the area. No. 6-05’s remains were sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Oregon.

2011 Cohort

The eight 2011 Direct Autumn Release bird remain status quo; two are located at the Hiwassee WR in Tennessee, two at the Wheeler NWR in Alabama, one is near Weiss Lake, Alabama/Georgia, two (#13-11 and #16-11) were last detected in flight in northern Illinois on 29 November, and one (#19-11) has not been located since leaving southern Rock County, Wisconsin, on 16 November. He is not included on the attached map.

The juvenile (#2-11) that broke of from the ultralight led migration on 21 October had reached Lake County, Florida, by 27 November. She remained at a location with one other Whooping Crane and sandhill cranes. The other nine juveniles in the ultralight cohort remain at their stopover location in Franklin County, Alabama.

2010 Cohort

Distribution of the 2010 cohort included five in Indiana, six in Florida, one in North Carolina, one in Tennessee, one with no record of migration, and three at unknown locations.

This update is a product of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. To access our previous project updates and additional information on the project visit our web site at http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/.

We thank Lisa Lehnhoff and William Gates (USFWS), Brad Feaster (Indiana DNR), Lee Sterrenburg, John Pohl, Dan Kaiser and Rick Houlk for ground tracking assistance.



Whooping Crane Update, 13 November – 19 December, 2011

K. Szyszkoski
The attached map indicates the last known location of the Whooping Cranes in the Eastern Migratory Population. This map does not include birds that have no record on migration, no recent reports or that are long term missing. Birds that have left their summering area(s) but have not yet been detected or reported along the migration route are classified under the ‘no record on migration’ category.

General: Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 104 birds (54 males and 50 females). Distribution at the end of the report period or last record included 2 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 12 in Illinois, 37 in Indiana, 4 in Tennessee, 2 in North Carolina, 7 in Alabama, 5 in Georgia, 7 in Florida, 13 with no record on migration, 8 at unknown locations, 3 with no recent reports, and 4 long term missing.

No. 33-05 (DAR) who was last reported with migrating sandhills in Ewing Bottoms, Jackson County, Indiana, on 25 February through 6 March 2010, is now considered dead and is no longer included in the population totals above.

Health Issue: Female no. 17-07 who was captured in Monroe County, Wisconsin, on 15 October to remove a piece of fishing line that was wrapped around her right leg continues to improve. She was observed with a very slight limp on 17 November and is currently on migration.

2011 Cohort

The eight 2011 Direct Autumn Release juveniles have separated into at least seven groups. Two are located at the Hiwassee WR in Tennessee, two at the Wheeler NWR in Alabama, one is near Weiss Lake, Alabama/Georgia, two were last detected in flight in northern Illinois on 29 November, and one (#19-11) has not been located since leaving southern Rock County, Wisconsin, on 16 November. He is not included on the attached map.

The juvenile that broke of from the ultralight led migration on 21 October was reported with sandhill cranes at Allatoona Lake, Georgia, on 19 November and had reached Lake County, Florida, by 27 November. She is at a location with one other Whooping Crane and sandhill cranes. The other nine juveniles in the ultralight cohort are currently located in Franklin County, Alabama.

2010 Cohort

Distribution of the 2010 cohort included two birds in Illinois, four in Indiana, four in Florida, one in North Carolina, one in Tennessee, two with no record of migration, and three at unknown locations. A signal for one of the birds at an unknown location was picked up by the Homosassa datalogger in Florida on 27 November however she was not located during a telemetry flight on 13 December.

This update is a product of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. To access our previous project updates and additional information on the project visit our web site at http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/.

We thank Wisconsin DNR pilot Bev Paulan as well as Windway Aviation and pilot Rob Seidl for aerial tracking assistance in Wisconsin and along the migration pathway and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Tim Dellinger for aerial tracking assistance in Florida. We also thank Brad Feaster (Indiana DNR), Lee Sterrenburg, John Pohl, Dan Kaiser, and Rick Houlk for ground tracking assistance.



Whooping Crane Update, 16 October – 12 November, 2011

K. Szyszkoski
The attached map indicates the last known location of each Whooping Crane in the Eastern Migratory Population. This map does not include birds with no recent reports or that are long term missing.

General: Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 105 birds (54 males and 51 females). Distribution at the end of the report period or last record included 94 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 2 in Minnesota, 1 in Michigan, 3 with no recent reports, and 5 long term missing.

Health Issue

Female no. 17-07 who was captured west of Oakdale, Monroe County, on 15 October to remove a piece of fishing line that was wrapped around her right leg continues to improve. She was observed with a moderate limp on 11 November.

2011 Cohort

Eight 2011 Direct Autumn Release juveniles were released at the Horicon NWR, Dodge County, on the evening of 21 October. Seven left the Horicon area on 27 October and moved into Dane County where they began associating with 4-8 sandhill cranes. They were eventually joined by an older breeding pair of Whooping Cranes and remain in the area. The eighth juvenile left the Horicon area on 29 October and moved to Rock County. He has not yet been observed with any other cranes.

One juvenile that broke of from the ultralight led migration on 21 October is also considered released. She was last observed in Waushara County with sandhill cranes on 6 November and has a nonfunctional transmitter. The other nine juveniles in the ultralight cohort are currently located at their seventh migration stopover in Livingston County, Illinois.

2010 Cohort

Distribution of the 2010 cohort included three birds in Sauk County, one in Marathon County, one in Columbia County, and twelve in Juneau County.

This update is a product of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. To access our previous project updates and additional information on the project visit our web site at http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/.

We thank Wisconsin DNR pilots Bev Paulan and Mike Callahan as well as Windway Aviaton and pilot Tom Trestor for aerial tracking assistance.



Whooping Crane Update, 21 August – 15 October, 2011

K. Szyszkoski and J. A. Davis
Females are indicated by *. DAR = direct autumn release. SM = released at St. Marks NWR. CH = released at Chassahowitzka NWR (distinction of release site begins with 2008 birds).

Distribution Map: The attached map indicates the last known location of each bird in the Eastern Migratory Population. This map does not include birds with no recent reports or that are long term missing (see below).

General: Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 96 birds (50 males and 46 females). No. 20-05* who has been missing for over a year is now considered dead and has been removed from the population totals. Distribution at the end of the report period or last record included 87 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 2 in Minnesota, 1 each in Indiana and Michigan, and 5 long term missing. The eight 2011 Direct Autumn Release juveniles (not counted in the population totals above) were banded at the Horicon NWR, Dodge County, on 14 October.

Health issue:

No. 17-07* was captured west of Oakdale, Monroe County, on 15 October to remove a piece of fishing line that was wrapped around her right leg (see photos by Annette Aeschbach).

She was feisty and was in good body condition. She was released at the capture location. The following is a description of the wound by Nancy Businga (Wisconsin DNR):

“From my examination the medial and caudal aspects of the leg were most affected but it did not appear to cut into the leg as much as there was swelling (which was firm) around the area. There was no bleeding after the line was removed and there were no signs of infection (odor, warmth, etc.). We flushed the wound with chlorhexidine and rinsed well. The cranial and lateral aspects of the leg were minimally affected and there was a knot was over the lateral aspect. The leg was stable.”

2010 Juveniles:

No. W1-10*: Sprague Pool and Goose Pools, Necedah NWR, as well as Avery Lateral with nos. 18-09 and 25-09*. She was observed on both northern and southern pools during the remainder of the report period. [She was observed with nos. 23-10* (DAR) and 26-10 (DAR) on southern East Rynearson Pool on 17 October].

No. W3-10* remained at the Horicon NWR, Dodge County, with nos. 29-08, 18-09, and 25-09*, at least through 11 August. Nos. 29-08 and W3-10* were found on Goose Pool, Necedah NWR, on 1 September and remained at this location through at least 30 September before moving to the southern pools for the rest of the report period.

No. 1-10 (SM) returned to the Necedah NWR from Rice County, Minnesota, by the night of 14 August and remained mainly on the southern pools. He was detected at E of the refuge at Yellow River Cranberry with nos. 4-08 and 34-09* (DAR) on 11 September and moved to the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe/Juneau Counties by 30 September. He was last detected at this location on 4 October and had moved back to the southern pools by12 October.

Nos. 3-10* (CH), 9-10* (CH), and 17-10 (CH): Mud Lake SWA & vicinity, Dodge County, through at least 1 September. PTT readings for no. 9-10* indicated a roost location S of Reedsburg, Sauk County, on the night of 8 September where all three birds were later confirmed. They remain at this location.

No. 5-10* (SM) remained with no. 28-08 (SM) at the George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County, before moving to NW of Rudolph, Wood County by 29 September where they stayed through at least 4 October. They then moved to the southern pools on the refuge by 12 October.

No. 8-10 (SM): mainly northern East Rynearson Pool, Necedah NWR, with no. 26-07* through at least 7 September. He was reported with nos. 28-08, 5-10*, 6-10*, 19-10(DAR) and 25-10(DAR) NW of Rudolph, Wood County, on 29 September. He had moved back to the southern pools on the refuge by 12 October.

Nos. 6-10* (SM), 19-10 (DAR) and 25-10 (DAR): George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County, before moving to NW of Rudolph, Wood County by the night of 28 September. They then moved to the southern pools on the refuge by 12 October.

No. 10-10* (SM): Rock River, SE of Hustisford, Dodge County, through at least last check on 11 August. She was next reported W of Beaver Dam, Dodge County, on 9 September where she remained at least through last check on 25 September. She was detected in flight NE of Mud Lake SWA, Dodge County, on 1 October.

No. 16-10* (CH) was detected E of Mauston, Juneau County on 31 August. She was next found with sandhills SW of Quincy Bluff, Adams County, on 4 and 12 October.

No. 21-10 (DAR) remained with nos. 7-09* (CH) and 17-03 on Pools 9 and 13, Necedah NWR throughout the report period.

Nos. 23-10* (DAR) and 26-10 (DAR): Tainter Lake, Dunn County, through at least 29 August. They were next detected N of Egret Pool, Necedah NWR, on 7 September and S of Necedah on 30 September. They remained mainly on the southern pools for the rest of the report period.

No. 27-10* (DAR) remained with nos. 12-09 (SM) and 29-09 (CH) on the southern pools, Necedah NWR, through at least 14 September. They moved to the Mill Bluff SP and Oakdale areas, Monroe/Juneau Counties by 30 September where they remain.

No Recent Reports:

No. 27-07* was last reported with sandhills on her usual summering area E of Etna Green, Kosciusko County, Indiana, on the evening of 13 March 2011. Her transmitter is suspected to be nonfunctional.

No. 37-07 (DAR): A whooping crane reported NE of Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan, on 29 March was probably this bird. Identification was confirmed on 20 April 2011. No subsequent reports.

Long Term Missing:

No. 16-03 was last observed on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, on 6 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 14-05 was last observed on Necedah NWR on 18 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-07 was last recorded with no. 36-09* (DAR) on 24 November 2010. The signal of no. 36-09* (DAR) was detected at Hiwassee WR, Meigs/Rhea Counties, Tennessee, on the morning of 14 December. No. 13-07 has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 33-05* (DAR) was last reported with migrating sandhills in Ewing Bottoms, Jackson County, Indiana, on 25 February through 6 March 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-09 (CH) was last reported flying over Chassahowitzka NWR pensite, Citrus County, Florida, with no. 19-09 (CH) on 2 December.

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This report is a product of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), which was established in 1999 to reintroduce a migratory population of whooping cranes to eastern North America. The nine founding members are the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Canada-U.S. Whooping Crane Recovery Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Operation Migration, Inc., International Crane Foundation (ICF), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Many additional organizations and individuals have played an important role in the reintroduction, and the efforts and contributions of all participants are acknowledged as vital to the success of the project. We thank the ICF Field Ecology Interns for their assistance in monitoring and pilots Bev Paulan, Mike Callahan, and Luke Wuest of the Wisconsin DNR for aerial assistance. We also thank Nancy Businga (Wisconsin DNR) and Annette Aeschbach (ICF) for their veterinary assistance during the capture of no. 17-07.



Whooping Crane Update, 7 – 20 August, 2011

K. Szyszkoski and J. A. Davis
Females are indicated by *. DAR = direct autumn release. SM = released at St. Marks NWR. CH = released at Chassahowitzka NWR (distinction of release site begins with 2008 birds).

General: Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 97 birds (50 males and 47 females). Distribution at the end of the report period included 87 birds in Wisconsin, 1 bird each in Indiana and Michigan, 2 at undetermined locations, and 6 long term missing.

Mortality: No. 3-03* was observed injured near a refuge road bordering her territory on 16 August and was brought to ICF for examination. She was emaciated with an infected left hock and was euthanized. Her carcass has been sent to the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison for necropsy. She had last been observed with her mate no. 17-03 on 6 July.

The remains of no. 15-10 (CH) were found E of Mauston, Juneau County, on 18 August. He had last been recorded alive flying over the northern half of the Necedah NWR on 6 July with no. 16-10*. Information provided by the landowner indicates a mortality date of ~8 August.

Wisconsin:

No. 1-01 and 14-09* (SM): Volk Field area, Juneau County

Nos. 11-02/30-08*: Site 3, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 12-02/19-04*: Elm Lake Cranberry, Wood County.

Nos. 13-02/18-02*: Site 2 area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 16-02/16-07*: NE of Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 17-03 was observed on W Pool 9 with nos. 7-09* and 21-10 (DAR) on 8 and 10 August and alone on the pool during a telemetry flight on 11 August.

Nos. 3-04/9-03*: S of Site 2 and East Rynearson Pool (ERP), Necedah NWR.

Nos. 10-03/W1-06*: Upper Rice Pools area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 11-03/12-03*: Pool 29 and eastern Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 9-05/13-03*: Canfield Pool, Carter-Woggon Pool and Bee Cut areas, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 18-03/36-09* (DAR): Carter-Woggon Pool and Bee Cut areas, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 1-04/8-05*: Pool 13 and Danielson Wetland Restoration Area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 2-04/46-07* (DAR): East-central ERP and Site 1, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 8-04/19-05*: Sprague and Goose Pools, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 16-04/4-09*: Monroe County Flowage, Monroe County.

Nos. 5-05/15-04*: They were last observed on Pool 19 on 19 August. They have nonfunctional transmitters and cannot be tracked.

Nos. 6-05/37-09* (DAR): Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County.

Nos. 12-05/22-07*: Southeastern Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. 28-05* (DAR): McMillan Marsh SWA and areas NE of Spencer and N of Marshfield, Marathon County. She was last observed on 13 August. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

Nos. 27-06 (DAR)/26-09*: Rice and West Rice Pools, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 3-07/38-08* (DAR): Wood County WA, Wood County.

Nos. 7-07/39-07* (DAR): Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County.

No. 12-07: NE of Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. 26-07* was not detected during the report period. She was last detected on the southern pools on 20 July.

Nos. 10-09 (SM) and 17-07*: Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 33-07/5-09* (CH): Leola area, Adams County.

No. 4-08 (CH): Sprague Pool and vicinity, Necedah NWR.

No. 13-08* (SM) was detected in flight near Necedah NWR on 6 April. No subsequent reports.

Nos. 14-08 (CH) and 24-08* (CH): EDU and western West Rynearson Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. 27-08 (CH)/8-09* (SM): northern pools, Necedah NWR, through 22 July. They were not detected here after this date and had returned to W of New Lisbon by 2 August.

Nos. 28-08 (SM) and 5-10* (SM): George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County.

Nos. 29-08 (SM), 18-09 (SM), 25-09* (SM), and W3-10*: Horicon NWR, Dodge County, at least through last check on 11 August.

Nos. 6-09 (SM) and 35-09* (DAR): mainly Carter-Woggon/Bee Cut areas, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 7-09* (CH) and 21-10 (DAR): W of Plainfield, Leola area, Adams County, through at least 22 July. They were not detected here on 27 July and were detected near the northern pools, Necedah NWR on 6 August. They were observed with no. 17-03 on Pool 9 on 8 and 10 August where they remained.

Nos. 11-09 (SM) and 15-09* (SM): north of Site 3, Necedah NWR, before moving to SW of Cuter along the Lemonweir River by 17 August.

No. 12-09 (SM): southern pools, Necedah NWR.

No. 19-09 (CH) was last detected in flight over the refuge area on 24 April. No subsequent reports.

24-09 (CH), 42-09* (DAR): W of Plainfield, Leola area, Adams County.

No. 29-09 (CH): southern pools, Necedah NWR.

No. 32-09* (DAR) and 41-09 (DAR) mainly NW of Oakdale, Monroe County. They were not detected at this location on 19 August.

Nos. 34-09* (DAR) and 38-09 (DAR): Sprague Pool and vicinity, Necedah NWR.

No. W1-10*: Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. 1-10 (SM) returned to the Necedah NWR from Rice County, Minnesota, by the night of 14 August and remained mainly on the southern pools for the rest of the report period.

HY2010 nos. 3* (CH), 9* (CH), and 17 (CH): Mud Lake SWA, Dodge County.

No. 6-10* (SM) and HY2010 DAR nos. 19 and 25: George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County.

No. 8-10 (SM): mainly northern East Rynearson Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. 10-10* (SM): Rock River, SE of Hustisford, Dodge County, through at least last check on 11 August.

Nos. 15-10 (CH) and 16-10* (CH) remained WSW of Portage, Columbia County, through at least 28 June. They were detected in flight heading north to the Necedah NWR on 4 July and were detected on Sprague Pool on 6 July. Their signals were detected E of Mauston, Juneau County, during a telemetry flight on 11 August. No. 15-10’s remains were located at this location on 16 August (see above). No. 16-10* remains in the area.

Nos. 23-10* (DAR) and 26-10 (DAR): Tainter Lake, Dunn County.

No. 27-10* (DAR): southern pools, Necedah NWR.

Minnesota:

No. 1-10 (SM) remained on the northern Necedah NWR pools until at least 9 July but was not detected there on 14 July. PTT readings on the nights of 15, 20, 25, and 30 July indicated roost locations SW of Dennison, Rice County, Minnesota. PTT readings on the night of 4 August indicated a roost location ~14 miles from his previous location SE of Lonsdale, Rice County. PTT readings on the night of 9 August indicated a roost location back at his previous location SW of Dennison. He had returned to the Necedah NWR by the night of 14 August. (See above).

Michigan:

No. 37-07 (DAR): A whooping crane reported NE of Jackson, Jackson County, on 29 March was probably this bird. Identification was confirmed on 20 April. No subsequent reports.

Indiana:

No. 27-07* was last reported with sandhills on her usual summering area E of Etna Green, Kosciusko County, on the evening of 13 March. Her transmitter is suspected to be nonfunctional.

No Recent Reports:

No. 16-03 was last observed on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, on 6 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 14-05 was last observed on Necedah NWR on 18 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-07 was last recorded with no. 36-09* (DAR) on 24 November 2010. The signal of no. 36-09* (DAR) was detected at Hiwassee WR, Meigs/Rhea Counties, Tennessee, on the morning of 14 December. No. 13-07 has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 20-05*: An unidentified whooping crane reported from Dike 17 WA, Black River SF, Jackson County, on 24 May 2010 have been no. 20-05*. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 33-05* (DAR) was last reported with migrating sandhills in Ewing Bottoms, Jackson County, Indiana, on 25 February through 6 March 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-09 (CH) was last reported flying over Chassahowitzka NWR pensite, Citrus County, Florida, with no. 19-09 (CH) on 2 December.

________

This report is a product of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), which was established in 1999 to reintroduce a migratory population of whooping cranes to eastern North America. The nine founding members are the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Canada-U.S. Whooping Crane Recovery Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Operation Migration, Inc., International Crane Foundation (ICF), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Many additional organizations and individuals have played an important role in the reintroduction, and the efforts and contributions of all participants are acknowledged as vital to the success of the project. We thank the ICF Field Ecology Interns for their assistance in monitoring.



Whooping Crane Update, 24 July – 6 August, 2011

K. Szyszkoski and J. A. Davis
Females are indicated by *. DAR = direct autumn release. SM = released at St. Marks NWR. CH = released at Chassahowitzka NWR (distinction of release site begins with 2008 birds).

General: Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 99 birds (51 males and 48 females). Distribution at the end of the report period included 86 birds in Wisconsin, 1 bird each in Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota, 4 at undetermined locations, and 6 long term missing.

Wisconsin:

No. 1-01 and 14-09* (SM): Volk Field area, Juneau County

Nos. 11-02/30-08*: Site 3, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 12-02/19-04*: Elm Lake Cranberry, Wood County.

Nos. 13-02/18-02*: Site 2 area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 16-02/16-07*: NE of Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 17-03/3-03* were last observed on western Pool 9, Necedah NWR, on 6 July. Both have nonfunctional transmitters and cannot be tracked. [No. 17-03 was observed on W Pool 9 with nos. 7-09* and 21-10 (DAR) on 8 and 10 August. No. 3-03* was not observed on either day. Mortality is suspected].

Nos. 3-04/9-03*: S of Site 2 and East Rynearson Pool (ERP), Necedah NWR.

Nos. 10-03/W1-06*: Upper Rice Pools area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 11-03/12-03*: Pool 29 and eastern Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 9-05/13-03*: Canfield Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 18-03/36-09* (DAR): Carter-Woggon Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 1-04/8-05*: Danielson Wetland Restoration Area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 2-04/46-07* (DAR): East-central ERP and Site 1, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 8-04/19-05*: Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 16-04/4-09*: Monroe County Flowage, Monroe County.

Nos. 5-05/15-04*: They were last observed on Pool 19 on 14 July. They have nonfunctional transmitters and cannot be tracked.

Nos. 6-05/37-09* (DAR): Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County.

Nos. 12-05/22-07*: Southeastern Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. 28-05* (DAR): McMillan Marsh SWA and areas NE of Spencer and N of Marshfield, Marathon County.

Nos. 27-06 (DAR)/26-09*: Rice and West Rice Pools, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 3-07/38-08* (DAR): Wood County WA, Wood County.

Nos. 7-07/39-07* (DAR): Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County.

No. 12-07: NE of Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. 26-07* was not detected during the report period. She was last detected on the southern pools on 20 July.

Nos. 10-09 (SM) and 17-07*: Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 33-07/5-09* (CH): Leola area, Adams County.

No. 4-08 (CH): Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR. Molting is suspected.

No. 13-08* (SM) was detected in flight near Necedah NWR on 6 April. No subsequent reports.

Nos. 14-08 (CH) and 24-08* (CH): mainly EDU, Necedah NWR.

No. 27-08 (CH)/8-09* (SM): northern pools, Necedah NWR, through 22 July. They were not detected here after this date and had returned to W of New Lisbon by 2 August.

Nos. 28-08 (SM) and 5-10* (SM): George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County.

Nos. 29-08 (SM), 18-09 (SM), 25-09* (SM) and W3-10*: Horicon NWR, Dodge County, at least through last check on 3 August.

No. 6-09 (SM) and 35-09* (DAR): mainly Carter-Woggon/Bee Cut areas, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 7-09* (CH) and 21-10 (DAR): W of Plainfield, Leola area, Adams County through at least 22 July. They were not detected here on 27 July and were detected near the northern pools, Necedah NWR on 6 August. [They were observed with no. 17-03 in W Pool 9 on 8 August.]

Nos. 11-09 (SM) and 15-09* (SM): SW of Cutler, Juneau County, until moving to north of Site 3, Necedah NWR, on 29 July.

No. 12-09 (SM) remained on Sprague Pool through at least 11 June. He was next detected in flight over the refuge on 17 June and NW of Oakdale, Monroe County, on 22 June. He was next found on the southern pools with no. 27-10* (DAR) on 3 July and in the Mill Bluff area on 5 July (also with no. 27-10*) and detected on the southern pools with no. 27-10* on 14 and 20 July. [He was next detected on the southern pools on 8 August.]

No. 19-09 (CH) was last detected in flight over the refuge area on 24 April. No subsequent reports.

24-09 (CH), 42-09* (DAR): W of Plainfield, Leola area, Adams County.

No. 29-09 (CH) remained at Mill Bluff SP, Monroe/Juneau Counties until at least 29 July. He was next detected near the northern pools, Necedah NWR, on 6 August [and on the southern pools on 8 August].

No. 32-09* (DAR) and 41-09 (DAR) mainly NW of Oakdale, Monroe County.

Nos. 34-09* (DAR) and 38-09 (DAR): Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. W1-10*: Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

HY2010 nos. 3* (CH), 9* (CH), and 17 (CH) remained W of Bancroft, Portage County, through at least 11 July. PTT readings for no. 9-10* indicated a roost location on Sprague Pool on the night of 15 July. They were all detected on the southern pools on 20 July. They were not detected here on 2 August and PTT readings for no. 9* indicated a roost location on 4 August at Mud Lake SWA, Dodge County, where they remain.

No. 6-10* (SM) and HY2010 DAR nos. 19 and 25: George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County.

No. 8-10 (SM) remained on the southern pools on the refuge.

No. 10-10* (SM) was found along the Rock River, SE of Hustisford, Dodge County, during an aerial survey on 7 July and was also reported in this area on 8 and 10 July. She apparently remained in the area and was detected here on 3 August.

Nos. 15-10 (CH) and 16-10* (CH) remained WSW of Portage, Columbia County, through at least 28 June. They were detected in flight heading north to the Necedah NWR on 4 July and were detected on Sprague Pool on 6 July. No subsequent reports.

Nos. 23-10* (DAR) and 26-10 (DAR) remained at Tainter Lake, Dunn County, through at least 23 June. They were found on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, on 28 June. They were reported back at the Tainter Lake location on 3 July. They were not detected at this location during an aerial search of the area on 7 July. They were detected on the southern pools, Necedah NWR, on 29 July and 2 August. They were reported back at Tainter Lake, Dunn County, on 4 and 5 August.

No. 27-10* (DAR) remained on Sprague Pool at least through 11 June before moving to an undetermined location. She was observed on the southern pools with no. 12-09 on 3 July and was detected in the Mill Bluff area, Monroe County, with no. 12-09 on 5 July. On 6 July, she was observed with sandhills on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, and was detected on the southern pools with no. 12-09 on 14 and 20 July. [She was next detected at Canfield Pool, Necedah NWR, on 8 August].

Minnesota:

No. 1-10 (SM) remained on the northern Necedah NWR pools until at least 9 July but was not detected there on 14 July. PTT readings on the nights of 15, 20, 25, and 30 July indicated roost locations SW of Dennison, Rice County, Minnesota. PTT readings on the night of 4 August indicated a roost location ~14 miles from his previous location SE of Lonsdale, Rice County. [PTT readings on the night of 9 August indicated a roost location back at his previous location SW of Dennison].

Michigan:

No. 37-07 (DAR): A whooping crane reported NE of Jackson, Jackson County, on 29 March was probably this bird. Identification was confirmed on 20 April. No subsequent reports.

Indiana:

No. 27-07* was last reported with sandhills on her usual summering area E of Etna Green, Kosciusko County, on the evening of 13 March. Her transmitter is suspected to be nonfunctional.

No Recent Reports:

No. 16-03 was last observed on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, on 6 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 14-05 was last observed on Necedah NWR on 18 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-07 was last recorded with no. 36-09* (DAR) on 24 November 2010. The signal of no. 36-09* (DAR) was detected at Hiwassee WR, Meigs/Rhea Counties, Tennessee, on the morning of 14 December. No. 13-07 has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 20-05*: An unidentified whooping crane reported from Dike 17 WA, Black River SF, Jackson County, on 24 May 2010 have been no. 20-05*. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 33-05* (DAR) was last reported with migrating sandhills in Ewing Bottoms, Jackson County, Indiana, on 25 February through 6 March 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-09 (CH) was last reported flying over Chassahowitzka NWR pensite, Citrus County, Florida, with no. 19-09 (CH) on 2 December.

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This report is a product of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), which was established in 1999 to reintroduce a migratory population of whooping cranes to eastern North America. The nine founding members are the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Canada-U.S. Whooping Crane Recovery Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Operation Migration, Inc., International Crane Foundation (ICF), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Many additional organizations and individuals have played an important role in the reintroduction, and the efforts and contributions of all participants are acknowledged as vital to the success of the project. We thank the ICF Field Ecology Interns for their assistance in monitoring.



Whooping Crane Update, 10 – 23 July, 2011

K. Szyszkoski and J. A. Davis
Females are indicated by *. DAR = direct autumn release. SM = released at St. Marks NWR. CH = released at Chassahowitzka NWR (distinction of release site begins with 2008 birds).

General: Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 99 birds (51 males and 48 females). Distribution at the end of the report period included 84 birds in Wisconsin, 1 bird each in Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota, 6 at undetermined locations, and 6 long term missing.

Mortality: The carcass of no. 7-03 was collected from his summering territory near Site 4 on Necedah NWR on 21 July.

Wisconsin:

No. 1-01 and 14-09* (SM): Volk Field area, Juneau County

Nos. 11-02/30-08*: Site 3, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 12-02/19-04*: Elm Lake Cranberry, Wood County.

Nos. 13-02/18-02*: Site 2 area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 16-02/16-07*: NE of Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 17-03/3-03* were last observed on western Pool 9, Necedah NWR, on 6 July. Both have nonfunctional transmitters and cannot be tracked.

Nos. 7-03/26-07*: Site 4 and Upper Rice Pool, Necedah NWR. The carcass of no. 7-03 was collected on 21 July. Estimated date of mortality is before 9 July. No. 26-07* remained on the southern pools. Signals indicate association with no. 8-10 (SM).

Nos. 3-04/9-03*: S of Site 2 and East Rynearson Pool (ERP), Necedah NWR.

Nos. 10-03/W1-06*: Upper Rice Pools area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 11-03/12-03*: Pool 29 and eastern Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 9-05/13-03*: Canfield Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 18-03/36-09* (DAR): Carter-Woggon Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 1-04/8-05*: Danielson Wetland Restoration Area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 2-04/46-07* (DAR): East-central ERP and Site 1, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 8-04/19-05*: Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 16-04/4-09*: Monroe County Flowage, Monroe County.

Nos. 5-05/15-04*: They were observed on Pool 19 on 14 July. They have nonfunctional transmitters and cannot be tracked.

Nos. 6-05/37-09* (DAR): mainly northern pools of the refuge.

Nos. 12-05/22-07*: Southeastern Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. 28-05* (DAR): McMillan Marsh SWA and areas NE of Spencer and N of Marshfield, Marathon County. She was last observed 15 July.

Nos. 27-06 (DAR)/26-09*: Rice and West Rice Pools, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 3-07/38-08* (DAR): Rogers Pool area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 7-07/39-07* (DAR): Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County.

No. 12-07: NE of Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 10-09 (SM) and 17-07*: Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 33-07/5-09* (CH): Leola area, Adams County.

No. 4-08 (CH): Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR. Molting is suspected.

No. 13-08* (SM) was detected in flight near Necedah NWR on 6 April. No subsequent reports.

Nos. 14-08 (CH) and 24-08* (CH): mainly EDU, Necedah NWR.

No. 27-08 (CH)/8-09* (SM): northern pools, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 28-08 (SM) and 5-10* (SM): George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County.

Nos. 29-08 (SM), 18-09 (SM), 25-09* (SM) and W3-10*: Horicon NWR, Dodge County, at least through last check on 22 July.

No. 6-09 (SM) and 35-09* (DAR): mainly Carter-Woggon/Bee Cut areas, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 7-09* (CH), 24-09 (CH), 42-09* (DAR), and 21-10 (DAR): W of Plainfield, Leola area, Adams County.

Nos. 11-09 (SM) and 15-09* (SM): SW of Cutler, Juneau County.

No. 12-09 (SM) remained on Sprague Pool through at least 11 June. He was next detected in flight over the refuge on 17 June and NW of Oakdale, Monroe County, on 22 June. He was next found on the southern pools with no. 27-10* (DAR) on 3 July and in the Mill Bluff area on 5 July (also with no. 27-10*). He was next detected on the southern pools with no. 27-10* on 14 and 20 July.

No. 19-09 (CH) was last detected in flight over the refuge area on 24 April. No subsequent reports.

No. 29-09 (CH) remained at Mill Bluff SP, Monroe/Juneau Counties. Molting is suspected.

No. 32-09* (DAR) and 41-09 (DAR) were detected on Pool 19 on 11 June and in flight over the northern part of the refuge on 24 June. They were found S of Sprague Flowage, Necedah NWR, during an aerial flight on 7 July and were found W of Oakdale, Monroe County, on 14 July.

Nos. 34-09* (DAR) and 38-09 (DAR): Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. W1-10*: Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 1-10 (SM): remained on the northern refuge pools until at least 9 July but was not detected there on 14 July. PTT readings on the nights of 15 and 20 July indicated roost locations SW of Dennison, Rice County, Minnesota.

HY2010 nos. 3* (CH), 9* (CH), and 17 (CH) remained W of Bancroft, Portage County, through at least 11 July. PTT readings for no. 9-10* indicated a roost location on Sprague Pool on the night of 15 July. They were all detected on the southern pools on 20 July.

No. 6-10* (SM) and HY2010 DAR nos. 19 and 25 remained mainly on the George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County, besides briefly returning to the southern pools on the refuge on 14 July. They were back on Mead by 16 July.

No. 8-10 (SM) remained on the southern pools on the refuge. Signals indicate association with no. 26-07*.

No. 10-10* (SM) was found SE of Hustisford, Dodge County, during an aerial survey on 7 July and was also reported in this area on 8 and 10 July.

Nos. 15-10 (CH) and 16-10* (CH) remained WSW of Portage, Columbia County, through at least 28 June. They were detected in flight heading north to the Necedah NWR on 4 July and were detected on Sprague Pool on 6 July. No subsequent reports.

Nos. 23-10* (DAR) and 26-10 (DAR) remained at Tainter Lake, Dunn County, through at least 23 June. They were found on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, on 28 June. They were reported back at the Tainter Lake location on 3 July. They were not detected at this location during an aerial search of the area on 7 July. No subsequent reports.

No. 27-10* (DAR) remained on Sprague Pool at least through 11 June before moving to an undetermined location. She was observed on the southern pools with no. 12-09 on 3 July and was detected in the Mill Bluff area, Monroe County, with no. 12-09 on 5 July. On 6 July, she was observed with sandhills on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR. She was detected on the southern pools with no. 12-09 on 14 and 20 July.

Minnesota:

Nos. 1-10 (SM): See Wisconsin section (above).

Michigan:

No. 37-07 (DAR): A whooping crane reported NE of Jackson, Jackson County, on 29 March was probably this bird. Identification was confirmed on 20 April. No subsequent reports.

Indiana:

No. 27-07* was last reported with sandhills on her usual summering area E of Etna Green, Kosciusko County, on the evening of 13 March. Her transmitter is suspected to be nonfunctional.

No Recent Reports:

No. 16-03 was last observed on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, on 6 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 14-05 was last observed on Necedah NWR on 18 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-07 was last recorded with no. 36-09* (DAR) on 24 November 2010. The signal of no. 36-09* (DAR) was detected at Hiwassee WR, Meigs/Rhea Counties, Tennessee, on the morning of 14 December. No. 13-07 has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 20-05*: An unidentified whooping crane reported from Dike 17 WA, Black River SF, Jackson County, on 24 May 2010 have been no. 20-05*. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 33-05* (DAR) was last reported with migrating sandhills in Ewing Bottoms, Jackson County, Indiana, on 25 February through 6 March 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-09 (CH) was last reported flying over Chassahowitzka NWR pensite, Citrus County, Florida, with no. 19-09 (CH) on 2 December.

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This report is a product of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), which was established in 1999 to reintroduce a migratory population of whooping cranes to eastern North America. The nine founding members are the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Canada-U.S. Whooping Crane Recovery Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Operation Migration, Inc., International Crane Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Many additional organizations and individuals have played an important role in the reintroduction, and the efforts and contributions of all participants are acknowledged as vital to the success of the project.



Whooping Crane Update, 12 – 25 June, 2011

K. Szyszkoski and J. A. Davis
Females are indicated by *. DAR = direct autumn release. SM = released at St. Marks NWR. CH = released at Chassahowitzka NWR (distinction of release site begins with 2008 birds).

General: Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 103 birds (53 males and 50 females). This total does not include one wild hatched chick.

Reproduction:

No. W4-11 (chick of nos. 2-04/46-07*) remained alive through the end of the report period.

Wisconsin:

No. 1-01 and 14-09* (SM): Volk Field area, Juneau County

Nos. 11-02/30-08*: Site 3, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 12-02/19-04*: Elm Lake Cranberry, Wood County.

Nos. 13-02/18-02*: Site 2 area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 16-02/16-07*: NE of Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 17-03/3-03* were last observed on western Pool 9, Necedah NWR on 16 June. Both have nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

Nos. 7-03/26-07*: Site 4 and Upper Rice Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 3-04/9-03*: S of Site 2 and East Rynearson Pool (ERP), Necedah NWR.

Nos. 10-03/W1-06*: Upper Rice Pools area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 11-03/12-03*: Pool 29 and eastern Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 9-05/13-03*: Canfield Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 18-03/36-09* (DAR): Carter-Woggon Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 1-04/8-05*: Danielson Wetland Restoration Area and Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 2-04/46-07* (DAR) and W4-11: East-central ERP and Site 1, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 8-04 and 19-05*: Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 16-04/4-09*: N of Wyeville and Monroe County Flowage area, Monroe County.

Nos. 5-05/15-04*: They were observed on Pool 19 on 16 and 24 June. They have nonfunctional transmitters and cannot be tracked.

Nos. 6-05/37-09* (DAR): mainly Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County.

Nos. 12-05/22-07*: Southeastern Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 24-05/42-07* (DAR): Quincy Bluff, Adams County. The carcasses of both birds were found and collected on 13 June.

Nos. 31-08 (DAR)/27-05* (DAR): Juneau County Forest, Juneau County.

No. 28-05* (DAR): McMillan Marsh SWA and areas NE of Spencer and N of Marshfield, Marathon County. She was last observed 20 June.

Nos. 27-06 (DAR)/26-09*: Rice and West Rice Pools, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 3-07/38-08* (DAR): E of Rogers Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 7-07/39-07* (DAR): Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County.

No. 12-07: NE of Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 10-09 (SM) and 17-07*: Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 33-07/5-09* (CH): Leola area, Adams County.

No. 4-08 (CH): Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR. Molting is suspected.

No. 13-08* (SM) was detected in flight near Necedah NWR on 6 April. No subsequent reports.

Nos. 14-08 (CH) and 24-08* (CH): Suk Cerney Pool and EDU, Necedah NWR.

No. 27-08 (CH)/8-09* (SM): W of New Lisbon, Juneau County.

Nos. 28-08 (SM), 5-10* (SM), 6-10* (SM) and HY2010 DAR nos. 19 and 25: George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County.

Nos. 29-08 (SM), 18-09 (SM), 25-09* (SM) and W3-10*: Horicon NWR, Dodge County.

No. 6-09 (SM) and 35-09* (DAR): on or near Meadow Valley SWA, NE of Cutler, Juneau County.

Nos. 7-09* (CH), 24-09 (CH), 42-09* (DAR) and 21-10 (DAR): W of Plainfield, Leola area, Adams County.

Nos. 11-09 (SM) and 15-09* (SM): SW of Cutler, Juneau County.

No. 12-09 (SM) remained on Sprague Pool through at least 11 June. He was next detected in flight over the refuge on 17 June and NW of Oakdale, Monroe County, on 22 June.

No. 19-09 (CH) was last detected in flight over the refuge area on 24 April. No subsequent reports.

No. 29-09 remained at Mill Bluff SP, Monroe/Juneau Counties. Molting is suspected.

No. 32-09* (DAR) and 41-09 (DAR) were detected on Pool 19 on 11 June and in flight over the northern part of the refuge on 24 June. No subsequent reports.

Nos. 34-09* (DAR): Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. 38-09 (DAR): Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. W1-10*: Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 1-10 (SM) and 8-10 (SM) remained NE of Shieldsville, Rice County, Minnesota, through at least 21 June. PTT readings for no. 1-10 indicated a roost location W of Dennison, Rice County, Minnesota, on 23 June and on the southern pools on the refuge on 25 June. [They were confirmed still together at this location on 26 June].

HY2010 nos. 3*, 9*, and 17 remained with sandhills W of Bancroft, Portage County, throughout the report period.

No. 10-10* (SM): A single Whooping Crane with sandhills was reported SE of East Troy, Walworth County, on 19 and 30 May. Bands reported on 30 May match no. 10-10*. No signals were detected during a ground search of the area on 7 June. There is no record of this bird ever returning to the central Wisconsin core area.

Nos. 15-10 and 16-10* moved from Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, after 11 June and were found at a previous location WSW of Portage, Columbia County, on 21 June where they remain.

Nos. 23-10* (DAR) and 26-10 (DAR) remained at Tainter Lake, Dunn County, through at least 23 June. [They were found on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR on 28 June].

No. 27-10* remained on Sprague Pool at least through 11 June before moving to an undetermined location.

Minnesota:

Nos. 1-10 (SM) and 8-10 (SM): See under Wisconsin (above).

Michigan:

No. 37-07 (DAR): A whooping crane reported NE of Jackson, Jackson County, on 29 March was probably this bird. Identification was confirmed on 20 April. No subsequent reports.

Indiana:

No. 27-07* was last reported with sandhills on her usual summering area E of Etna Green, Kosciusko County, on the evening of 13 March. Her transmitter is suspected to be nonfunctional.

No Recent Reports:

No. 7-01*: Last reported NE of Horicon NWR, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, on 2 May 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 16-03 was last observed on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, on 6 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 14-05 was last observed on Necedah NWR on 18 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-07 was last recorded with no. 36-09* (DAR) on 24 November 2010. The signal of no. 36-09* (DAR) was detected at Hiwassee WR, Meigs/Rhea Counties, Tennessee, on the morning of 14 December. No. 13-07 has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 20-05*: An unidentified whooping crane reported from Dike 17 WA, Black River SF, Jackson County, on 24 May 2010 have been no. 20-05*. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 33-05* (DAR) was last reported with migrating sandhills in Ewing Bottoms, Jackson County, Indiana, on 25 February through 6 March 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-09 (CH) was last reported flying over Chassahowitzka NWR pensite, Citrus County, Florida, with no. 19-09 (CH) on 2 December.

Update on no. 5-01:

No. 5-01, who was removed from the Eastern Migratory Population in January 2011, was recently introduced to Peepers, the captive female Whooping Crane at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Florida.

Wildlife Care Supervisor Susan Lowe reports, “We have been watching them and so far so good. Peepers is in molt so her plumage is not up to her pristine look! 501 looks great and is happy to be allowed with Peepers which I feel the feeling is mutual.” The attached photo, “5-01 and Peepers.jpg” was taken by Susan Lowe.

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This report is a product of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), which was established in 1999 to reintroduce a migratory population of whooping cranes to eastern North America. The nine founding members are the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Canada-U.S. Whooping Crane Recovery Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Operation Migration, Inc., International Crane Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Many additional organizations and individuals have played an important role in the reintroduction, and the efforts and contributions of all participants are acknowledged as vital to the success of the project.



Whooping Crane Update, 29 May – 11 June 2011

K. Szyszkoski and J. A. Davis
Females are indicated by *. DAR = direct autumn release. SM = released at St. Marks NWR. CH = released at Chassahowitzka NWR (distinction of release site begins with 2008 birds).
General: Maximum size of the eastern migratory population on 13 June was 103 birds (53 males and 50 females).  This total does not include one newly hatched chick.

Mortality:

The carcasses of breeding pair nos. 24-05/42-07* (DAR) were discovered by ICF Field Ecology Intern Mike Wheeler on their summering territory, Quincy Bluff, Adams Co, Wisconsin on the morning of 13 June.  Both carcasses were sent to the USGS National Wildlife Heath Center in Madison for necropsy.  Preliminary results indicate that the suspected cause of death for female no. 42-07* is septicemia and analysis of lab cultures and tissues are pending. No. 24-05 was too decomposed to determine cause of death and tissues were unsuitable for further analysis.]

Reproduction:

The single egg of nos. 33-07/5-09* was collected on 12 June after 40 days of incubation.

No. W3-11 (chick of nos. 9-05/13-03*) disappeared on 10 June.

No. W4-11 (chick of nos. 2-04/46-07*) remained alive through the end of the report period. (photos below) 

Spring Migration:

No. 10-10* (SM): A single Whooping Crane with sandhills was reported SE of East Troy, Walworth County, on 19 and 30 May.  Bands reported on 30 May match no. 10-10*.  No signals were detected during a ground search of the area on 7 June.

Wisconsin:

No. 1-01 and 14-09* (SM): Volk Field area, Juneau County

Nos. 11-02/30-08*: Site 3, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 12-02/19-04*: Elm Lake Cranberry, Wood County.

Nos. 13-02/18-02*: Site 2 area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 16-02/16-07*: NE of Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 17-03/3-03* were last observed on western Pool 9, Necedah NWR on 2 June. Both have nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

Nos. 7-03/26-07*: Site 4 and Upper Rice Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 3-04/9-03*:  S of Site 2 and East Rynearson Pool (ERP), Necedah NWR.

Nos. 10-03/W1-06*: Upper Rice Pools area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 11-03/12-03*: mainly Pool 29 and eastern Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 9-05/13-03* and W3-11: Site 5, Canfield Pool and northern Bee Cut, Necedah NWR. No. W3-11 disappeared on 10 June.

Nos. 18-03/36-09* (DAR): Carter-Woggon Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 1-04/8-05*: Danielson Wetland Restoration Area and Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 2-04/46-07* (DAR) and W4-11: East-central ERP and Site 1, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 8-04 and 19-05*: Goose Pool and Sprague Pool areas, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 16-04/4-09*: N of Wyeville and Monroe County Flowage area.

Nos. 5-05/15-04*: They were not observed during the report period. They have nonfunctional transmitters and cannot be tracked.

Nos. 6-05/37-09* (DAR): Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County.

Nos. 12-05/22-07*: Central Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 24-05/42-07* (DAR): Quincy Bluff, Adams County.  [The carcasses of both birds were found and collected on 13 June].

Nos. 31-08 (DAR)/27-05* (DAR): mainly Juneau County Forest, Juneau County.

No. 28-05* (DAR): McMillan Marsh SWA and areas NE of Spencer and N of Marshfield, Marathon County.  She was last observed 3 June.

Nos. 27-06 (DAR)/26-09*: mainly Rice and West Rice Pools, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 3-07/38-08* (DAR): E of Rogers Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 7-07/39-07* (DAR): Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County.

No. 12-07 was not detected during the report period.

Nos. 10-09 (SM) and 17-07*: mainly Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 33-07/5-09* (CH): Leola area, Adams County. Their single egg was collected on 12 June after 40 days of incubation. This is the first time in the EMP that a two year old female has laid an egg.

No. 4-08 (CH): mainly Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR. Molting is suspected.

No. 13-08* (SM) was detected in flight near Necedah NWR on 6 April. No subsequent reports.

Nos. 14-08 (CH) and 24-08* (CH): Suk Cerney Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. 27-08 (CH)/8-09* (SM): W of New Lisbon, Juneau County.

Nos. 28-08 (SM), 5-10* (SM), 6-10* (SM) and HY2010 DAR nos. 19 and 25: George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County.

Nos. 29-08 (SM), 18-09 (SM) and W3-10*: Horicon NWR, Dodge County through at least last check on 7 June.

No. 6-09 (SM) and 35-09* (DAR): on or near Meadow Valley SWA, NE of Cutler, Juneau County.

Nos. 7-09* (CH), 24-09 (CH), 42-09* (DAR) and 21-10 (DAR): W of Plainfield, Adams County.

Nos. 11-09 (SM) and 15-09* (SM): SW of Cutler, Juneau County.

No. 12-09 (SM) remained in the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, until moving to an undetermined location by 24 May. He was detected in flight over the refuge on 2 June, in flight over the east side of Castle Rock Lake with no. 27-10* (DAR) on 5 June and again in flight over the refuge on 7 June before being observed with nos. 34-09* (DAR) and 27-10* (DAR) on 8 June where he remained.

No. 19-09 (CH) was last detected in flight over the refuge area on 24 April. No subsequent reports.

No. 25-09* (SM) was detected W of Wisconsin Rapids during an aerial survey on 12 April. Location was not determined.  She was found at the Horicon NWR, Dodge County on 7 June.

No. 29-09 remained at Mill Bluff SP, Monroe/Juneau Counties. Molting is suspected.

No. 32-09* (DAR) and 41-09 (DAR): Moved from near Oakdale, Monroe County to Sprague Pool between 5 and 8 June.

Nos. 34-09* (DAR) remained in the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, through at least 21 May before moving to an undetermined location. She was found on Sprague Pool on 2 June.

No. 38-09 (DAR): Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, through at least 21 May before moving to an undetermined location.  He was detected on Sprague Pool on 2 and 11 June.

No. W1-10* mainly in the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County,  through at least 24 May before moving to an undetermined location. She was detected on Sprague Pool on 2 June where she remained.

Nos. 1-10 (SM) and 8-10 (SM) remained W of Dennison, Rice County, Minnesota, through at least 31 May.  PTT readings for no. 1-10 indicated roost locations N of Eau Galle, Dunn County, Wisconsin, on the night of 2 June, W of Dennison, Rice County, Minnesota, on 4 June, and NE of Shieldsville, Rice County, Minnesota on of 6 June through the end of the report period.

HY2010 nos. 3*, 9*, and 17 remained with sandhills W of Bancroft, Portage County, throughout the report period.

Nos. 15-10 and 16-10* were detected W of Portage, Columbia County, on 2 June. They had left this area by 7 June. They were next detected on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, on 11 June.

Nos. 23-10* (DAR) and 26-10 (DAR) remained at Tainter Lake, Dunn County, during the report period.

No. 27-10* remained mainly in the Mill Bluff SP area through at least 21 May. She moved to an undetermined location by 24 May. She was detected on Sprague Pool on 2 June and in flight with no. 12-09 over the east side of Castle Rock Lake on 5 June. She was back on Sprague Pool by 8 June.

Minnesota:

Nos. 1-10 (SM) and 8-10 (SM): See under Wisconsin (above).

Michigan:

No. 37-07 (DAR): A whooping crane reported NE of Jackson, Jackson County, on 29 March was probably this bird. Identification was confirmed on 20 April. No subsequent reports.

Indiana:

No. 27-07* was last reported with sandhills on her usual summering area E of Etna Green, Kosciusko County, on the evening of 13 March. Her transmitter is suspected to be nonfunctional.

No Recent Reports:

No. 7-01*: Last reported NE of Horicon NWR, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, on 2 May 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 16-03 was last observed on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, on 6 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 14-05 was last observed on Necedah NWR on 18 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-07 was last recorded with no. 36-09* (DAR) on 24 November 2010. The signal of no. 36-09* (DAR) was detected at Hiwassee WR, Meigs/Rhea Counties, Tennessee, on the morning of 14 December. No. 13-07 has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 20-05*: An unidentified whooping crane reported from Dike 17 WA, Black River SF, Jackson County, on 24 May 2010 have been no. 20-05*. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 33-05* (DAR) was last reported with migrating sandhills in Ewing Bottoms, Jackson County, Indiana, on 25 February through 6 March 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-09 (CH) was last reported flying over Chassahowitzka NWR pensite, Citrus County, Florida, with no. 19-09 (CH) on 2 December.

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This report is a product of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), which was established in 1999 to reintroduce a migratory population of whooping cranes to eastern North America. The nine founding members are the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Canada-U.S. Whooping Crane Recovery Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Operation Migration, Inc., International Crane Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Many additional organizations and individuals have played an important role in the reintroduction, and the efforts and contributions of all participants are acknowledged as vital to the success of the project. We thank Rich King (USFWS) for chick information and Anne Ballmann (USGS) for preliminary necropsy results.



Whooping Crane Update, 15 – 28 May, 2011

K. Szyszkoski and J. A. Davis

Females are indicated by *. DAR = direct autumn release. SM = released at St. Marks NWR. CH = released at Chassahowitzka NWR (distinction of release site begins with 2008 birds).

General: Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 105 birds (54 males and 51 females). This total does not include two newly hatched chicks.

Reproduction:

Nos. 2-04/46-07* (DAR) hatched a chick (W4-11) on 16 May.

The two infertile eggs of nos. 12-02/19-04* were collected on 15 May after 32 days of incubation.

The following pair was incubating at the end of the report period: 33-07/5-09*

The following two pairs renested but their nests both failed during the report period: nos. 12-05/22-07*, 3-04/9-03*

No. W2-11 (chick of nos. 17-03/3-03*) disappeared on 22 May.

Nos. W3-11 (chick of nos. 9-05/13-03*) and W4-11 remained alive through the end of the report period.

Spring Migration:

HY2010 nos. 3*, 9*, and 17 remained W of Browntown along the Green/Lafayette County border, Wisconsin, through at least 21 May. PTT readings indicated a roost location at the Eldorado SWA, Fond du Lac County, on the night of 22 May and W of Bancroft, Portage County, by the night of 24 May where they were confirmed still together and remained for the rest of the report period.

No. 10-10* (SM): A report with partial leg bands E of Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, on 8-14 May may have been this bird. No signals were detected in this area during a ground search on 17 May. A single Whooping Crane with sandhills was reported SE of East Troy, Walworth County, on 19 and 30 May. [Bands reported on 30 May match no. 10-10*].

Wisconsin:

No. 1-01: Volk Field area, Juneau County occasionally associating with no. 14-09* (SM).

Nos. 11-02/30-08*: Site 3, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 12-02/19-04*: Elm Lake Cranberry and surrounding farm fields, Wood County. Their two infertile eggs were collected on 15 May after at least 32 days of incubation.

Nos. 13-02/18-02*: Site 2, Necedah NWR, fields SW of the refuge and areas near Oakdale, Monroe County.

Nos. 16-02/16-07*: NE of Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 17-03/3-03*: Pool 9, Necedah NWR. Their chick (no. W2-11) disappeared on 22/23 May after a tornado passed through their territory on 22 May.

Nos. 7-03/26-07*: mainly Site 4 and Upper Rice Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 3-04/9-03*: mainly S of Site 2 and East Rynearson Pool (ERP), Necedah NWR. Their renest failed on 28 May and two eggs were collected.

Nos. 10-03/W1-06*: Upper Rice Pools area, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 11-03/12-03*: mainly Pool 29 and eastern Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR but also areas to the east of the refuge.

Nos. 9-05/13-03* and W3-11: Site 5, Canfield Pool, and northern Bee Cut, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 18-03/36-09* (DAR): Carter-Woggon Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 1-04/8-05*: Danielson Wetland Restoration Area and vicinity, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 2-04/46-07* (DAR): East-central ERP and Site 1, Necedah NWR. One chick (no. W4-11) was confirmed hatched on 16 May and remained alive throughout the remainder of the report period.

Nos. 8-04 and 19-05*: Goose Pool and Sprague Pool areas, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 16-04/4-09*: N of Wyeville and Monroe County Flowage area.

Nos. 5-05/15-04*: Pool 19W and Camp Road Pool, Necedah NWR. They have nonfunctional transmitters and cannot be tracked.

Nos. 6-05/37-09* (DAR): Mill Bluff SP area, until moving back to Meadow Valley Flowage between 22 and 29 May.

Nos. 12-05/22-07*: Central Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR. They renested during the report period however their nest failed on 22 May after a tornado passed close to their territory.

Nos. 24-05/42-07* (DAR): Quincy Bluff, Adams County.

Nos. 31-08 (DAR)/27-05* (DAR): Juneau County Forest and adjacent farm fields.

No. 28-05* (DAR): McMillan Marsh SWA and areas NE of Spencer and N of Marshfield, Marathon County.

Nos. 27-06 (DAR)/26-09*: mainly Rice and West Rice Pools, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 3-07/38-08* (DAR): E of Rogers Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 7-07/39-07* (DAR): Bear Bluff, Jackson County, and Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County.

No. 12-07 was occasionally detected on Sprague Pool and to the NE of Sprague Pool throughout the report period. His location off the refuge was not determined.

Nos. 10-09 (SM) and 17-07*: N and E of Oakdale, Monroe County, and northern pools on the refuge.

Nos. 33-07/5-09* (CH): Leola area, Adams County. They were observed consistently incubating on and after 4 May. Nest initiation is estimated between 30 April and 3 May.

No. 4-08 (CH): Mill Bluff area but moved to northern pools on the refuge towards the end of the report period.

No. 13-08* (SM) was detected in flight near Necedah NWR on 6 April. No subsequent reports.

Nos. 14-08 (CH) and 24-08* (CH): Suk Cerney Pool, Necedah NWR.

No. 27-08 (CH)/8-09* (SM): W of New Lisbon, Juneau County.

Nos. 28-08 (SM) and HY2010 DAR nos. 19 and 25: George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County.

Nos. 29-08 (SM), 18-09 (SM) and W3-10*: Horicon NWR, Dodge County.

No. 6-09 (SM) and 35-09* (DAR): on or near Meadow Valley SWA, NE of Cutler, Juneau County.

Nos. 7-09* (CH): W of Plainfield, Adams County usually with nos. 24-09 (CH), 42-09* (DAR) and 21-10 (DAR).

Nos. 11-09 (SM) and 15-09* (SM: mainly in the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe/Juneau Counties.

No. 12-09 (SM) remained in the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, until moving to an undetermined location by 24 May.

No. 14-09* (SM): Volk Field area, Juneau County, occasionally associating with no. 1-01.

No. 19-09 (CH) was last detected in flight over the refuge area on 24 April. No subsequent reports.

No. 24-09 (CH): Mill Bluff SP area until returning to W of Plainfield, Adams County between 15 and 22 May. He was often associating with nos. 7-09* (CH), 24-09 (CH), 42-09* (DAR) and 21-10 (DAR).

No. 25-09* (SM) was last detected W of Wisconsin Rapids during an aerial survey on 12 April. Location was not determined. No subsequent reports.

No. 29-09 remained mainly in the Mill Bluff SP area.

No. 32-09* (DAR) and 41-09 (DAR): They were detected in flight near the refuge on 16 May and returned to the Mill Bluff/Oakdale area, Monroe County, by 21 May and remained there.

Nos. 34-09* (DAR) remained in the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, through at least 21 May before moving to an undetermined location.

No. 38-09 (DAR): Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, through at least 21 May before moving to an undetermined location.

No. 42-09* (DAR) remained W of Plainfield, northeastern Adams County, at least through at least 7 May. She was no longer detected at this location by 9 May. She returned to this location by 23 May and was often associating with nos. 7-09* (CH), 24-09 (CH), 42-09* (DAR) and 21-10 (DAR).

No. W1-10* mainly in the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, through at least 24 May before moving to an undetermined location. She was also observed on the northern pools on the refuge on 16 May.

Nos. 1-10 (SM) and 8-10 (SM) remained SW of Zumbrota, Goodhue County, Minnesota, through at least 17 May. PTT readings indicated a roost location on the southern pools on the refuge on the night of 19 May. By the night of 21 May they had returned to Minnesota, this time to W of Dennison, Rice County. They remained at this location for the rest of the report period.

Nos. 5-10* (SM) and 6-10* (SM) moved from N of Mazomanie, Sauk County, by 17 May to near the Mead SWA, Marathon/Wood Counties, where they remain.

Nos. 15-10 and 16-10* were detected W of Portage, Columbia County, on 23 May.

No. 21-10 (DAR) remained in the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, through at least 15 May. He returned to W of Plainfield, Adams County, by 21 May and was often associating with nos. 7-09* (CH), 24-09 (CH), 42-09* (DAR) and 21-10 (DAR).

Nos. 23-10* (DAR) and 26-10 (DAR) were detected on Necedah NWR on the evening of 2 May. They were next reported at Tainter Lake, Dunn County, on 8 May. They continued to be reported at this location throughout the remainder of the report period.

No. 27-10* remained mainly in the Mill Bluff SP area through at least 21 May. She moved to an undetermined location by 24 May.

Minnesota:

Nos. 1-10 (SM) and 8-10 (SM): See under Wisconsin (above).

Michigan:

No. 37-07 (DAR): A whooping crane reported NE of Jackson, Jackson County, on 29 March was probably this bird. Identification was confirmed on 20 April.

Indiana:

No. 27-07* was last reported with sandhills on her usual summering area E of Etna Green, Kosciusko County, on the evening of 13 March. Her transmitter is suspected to be nonfunctional.

Last Recorded on Autumn Migration; Wintering Area Undetermined:

No. 13-07 was last recorded with no. 36-09* (DAR) on 24 November 2010. The signal of no. 36-09* (DAR) was detected at Hiwassee WR, Meigs/Rhea Counties, Tennessee, on the morning of 14 December. No. 13-07 has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-09 (CH) was last reported flying over Chassahowitzka NWR pensite, Citrus County, Florida, with no. 19-09 (CH) on 2 December.

No Recent Reports:

No. 7-01*: Last reported NE of Horicon NWR, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, on 2 May 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 16-03 was last observed on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, on 6 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 14-05 was last observed on Necedah NWR on 18 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 20-05*: An unidentified whooping crane reported from Dike 17 WA, Black River SF, Jackson County, on 24 May 2010 have been no. 20-05*. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 33-05* (DAR) was last reported with migrating sandhills in Ewing Bottoms, Jackson County, Indiana, on 25 February through 6 March 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

________

This report is a product of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), which was established in 1999 to reintroduce a migratory population of whooping cranes to eastern North America. The nine founding members are the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Canada-U.S. Whooping Crane Recovery Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Operation Migration, Inc., International Crane Foundation (ICF), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Many additional organizations and individuals have played an important role in the reintroduction, and the efforts and contributions of all participants are acknowledged as vital to the success of the project. We thank Bev Paulan (Wisconsin DNR) for telemetry flights and Rich King (USFWS) for hatching and renesting information.



Whooping Crane Update, 1 – 14 May, 2011

K. Szyszkoski and J. A. Davis
Females are indicated by *. DAR = direct autumn release. SM = released at St. Marks NWR. CH = released at Chassahowitzka NWR (distinction of release site begins with 2008 birds).

General: Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 105 birds (54 males and 51 females). [This total does not include 3 newly hatched chicks].

Reproduction:

The following three pairs hatched chicks during the report period: nos. 10-03/W1-06*, 17-03/3-03*, and 9-05/13-03*

The following three pairs were incubating at the end of the report period: nos. 12-02/19-04*, 2-04/46-07* (DAR), and 33-07/5-09*

The following two pairs were observed nest building during the report period: nos. 14-08 (CH)/24-08* (CH) and 27-06 (DAR)/26-09* (SM)

No renesting activity has been reported.

Florida Non-Migratory Male: No. 1343 was observed W of New Lisbon, Juneau County, Wisconsin, on 22 and 23 April after likely arriving to the core reintroduction area with no. 19-05* on 17 April. He was later confirmed in Lake County, Florida, on 5 May but was likely back by 3 May.

Spring Migration:

HY2010 nos. 3*, 9*, and 17 remained W of Browntown along the Green/Lafayette County border, Wisconsin, where they have been since arriving on 24 April.

No. 10-10* (SM) was detected in flight in southern Wisconsin during an aerial survey on 4 May. Partial leg bands reported on a bird SW of Harrison, Winnebago County, Illinois, on 7 May matched no. 10-10. A report with partial leg bands E of Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, on 8-14 May may have been this bird. [No signals were detected in this area during a ground search on 17 May].

Nos. 15-10 and 16-10* were detected in flight in southern Wisconsin during an aerial survey on 4 May and completed migration to the core area on 8 May when they landed just N of New Lisbon, Juneau County.

Nos. 23-10* (DAR) and 26-10 (DAR) were detected on Necedah NWR on the evening of 2 May. They had left a migration stop N of Scottsburg, Scott County, Indiana, on 30 April.

Wisconsin:

No. 1-01: Volk Field area, Juneau County occasionally associating with no. 14-09* (SM).

Nos. 11-02/30-08*: mainly Site 3, Necedah NWR however the non-incubating bird was often in fields south of the refuge. Their nest failed before the end of the report period. One fertile egg containing a late dead embryo was collected on 12 May.

Nos. 12-02/19-04*: Elm Lake Cranberry, Wood County. They were still incubating by the end of the report period. [Their two infertile eggs were collected on 15 May after at least 32 days of incubation].

Nos. 13-02/18-02*: Site 2, Necedah NWR, fields SW of the refuge and areas near Oakdale, Monroe County.

Nos. 16-02/16-07*: Mainly in Mill Bluff SP area. [They returned to their territory NE of Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR by 15 May]

Nos. 17-03/3-03*: Pool 9, Necedah NWR. One chick (no. W2-11) was confirmed hatched on 9 May.

Nos. 7-03/26-07*: Site 4, Necedah NWR and fields E of the refuge. Their nest failed before the end of the report period. Two fertile, viable eggs were collected.

Nos. 3-04/9-03*: S of Site 2, East Rynearson Pool (ERP), Necedah NWR and fields S of the refuge.

Nos. 10-03/W1-06*: Upper Rice Pools area, Necedah NWR. One chick (no. W1-11) was confirmed hatched on 9 May; however, it had disappeared by the next day.

Nos. 11-03/12-03*: Pool 29 and northeastern Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR. Their nest failed before the end of the report period. No eggs were salvaged.

Nos. 9-05 and 13-03*: Site 5, Canfield Pool, and northern Bee Cut. One chick (no. W3-11) was confirmed hatched on 10 May.

Nos. 18-03/36-09* (DAR): Carter-Woggon Pool, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 1-04/8-05*: Danielson Wetland Restoration Area and vicinity, Necedah NWR. Their nest had failed before the end of the report period. Their two eggs were destroyed before they could be collected.

Nos. 2-04/46-07* (DAR): East-central ERP and Site 1, Necedah NWR; and farm fields SW of the refuge. They were still incubating at the end of the report period. [One chick (no. W4-11) was confirmed hatched on 16 May].

Nos. 8-04 and 19-05*: Goose Pool, Necedah NWR. Their nest had failed before the end of the report period. No eggs were salvaged.

Nos. 16-04/4-09*: N of Wyeville and Monroe County Flowage area.

Nos. 5-05/15-04*: Pool 19W, Necedah NWR. [Correction: Two fertile, viable eggs were collected from their nest rather than only one noted in last report].

Nos. 6-05/37-09* (DAR): Eastern Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County. [They had moved to the Mill Bluff SP area by 15 May].

Nos. 12-05/22-07*: Central Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, and field S of the refuge and E of New Lisbon.

Nos. 24-05/42-07* (DAR): Quincy Bluff, Adams County.

Nos. 31-08 (DAR)/27-05* (DAR): Juneau County Forest and adjacent farm fields.

No. 28-05* (DAR): McMillan Marsh SWA and areas NE of Spencer and N of Marshfield, Marathon County.

Nos. 27-06 (DAR)/26-09*: Rice and West Rice Pools, Necedah NWR, and fields S of the refuge.

Nos. 3-07/38-08* (DAR) remained E of Rogers Pool, Necedah NWR during the report period. Their nest failed on 4 May. No salvageable eggs were found. They were observed in fields NW of the refuge along the Wood/Juneau County border after their nest failed.

Nos. 7-07/39-07* (DAR): Meadow Valley Flowage, Juneau County at least through 5 May. They were no longer detected at this location on and after 13 May. Their nest failed on 4 May. Two eggs were collected, one fertile but not viable and one infertile.

No. 12-07 was occasionally detected on Sprague Pool and to the NE of Sprague Pool throughout the report period. His location off the refuge was not determined.

Nos. 10-09 (SM) and 17-07*: Mainly N and E of Oakdale, Monroe County, but also on the southern pools, Necedah NWR.

Nos. 33-07/5-09* (CH): W of Plainfield, Adams County. They were observed consistently incubating on and after 4 May. Nest initiation is estimated between 30 April and 3 May.

No. 4-08 (CH): Mainly in the Mill Bluff area but also on southern pools on the refuge.

No. 13-08* (SM) was detected in flight near Necedah NWR on 6 April. No subsequent reports.

Nos. 14-08 (CH) and 24-08* (CH): Suk Cerney Pool and western West Rynearson Pool, Necedah NWR, and fields E of Hustler and NE of Camp Douglas. They were observed nest building on the refuge on 1 May.

No. 27-08 (CH)/8-09* (SM): W of New Lisbon, Juneau County.

Nos. 28-08 (SM) and HY2010 DAR nos. 19 and 25 returned to Necedah NWR from George W. Mead SWA, Marathon County, on 2 May. No. 25-10 (DAR) was found in a field S of the refuge on 3 May, but all three had returned to Mead by 5 May where they remained.

No. 29-08 (SM): areas N of Oakdale and near Mill Bluff SP, Monroe County through at least 2 May. He was next found at Horicon NWR, Dodge Co, with nos. 18-09 (SM) and W3-10* on 12 May.

No. 6-09 (SM) and 35-09* (DAR) remained on or near Meadow Valley SWA, NE of Cutler, Juneau County.

No. 7-09* (CH) returned to her previous summering area with nos. 33-07 and HY2009 nos. 5* (CH) and 42* (DAR) W of Plainfield, Adams County, Wisconsin, on 4 April. No. 7-09* was not found at this location during multiple checks after this day, but returned to the area by 28 April. She was not detected here again until 14 May.

Nos. 11-09 (SM) and 15-09* (SM) remained mainly near the Mill Bluff area. They were detected in flight over/near the refuge on 12 May and have not been relocated.

No. 12-09 (SM) remained mainly in the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, but was also observed in a field S of the refuge on 8 May.

No. 14-09* (SM): Volk Field area, Juneau County occasionally associating with no. 1-01.

No. 18-09 (SM) had moved to the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, by 26 April. He was detected in flight over Juneau County on 8 May and found at Horicon NWR, Dodge Co, with nos. 29-08 (SM) and W3-10* on 12 May.

No. 19-09 (CH) was last detected in flight over the refuge area on 24 April. No subsequent reports.

No. 24-09 (CH) remained W of Plainfield, northeastern Adams County, until he returned to the Mill Bluff SP area on 8 May.

No. 25-09* (SM) was last detected W of Wisconsin Rapids during an aerial survey on 12 April. Location was not determined. No subsequent reports.

No. 29-09 remained mainly in the Mill Bluff SP area.

No. 32-09* (DAR) and 41-09 (DAR) were detected in flight south of Wisconsin Rapids during an aerial survey on 4 May. They were found on the ground S of Babcock, Wood County, on 5 May and were detected in flight heading towards the Oakdale and the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, on 8 May. They apparently stayed in the area through the remainder of the report period. [They were detected in flight near the refuge on 16 May].

Nos. 34-09* (DAR) remained mainly in the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, throughout the report period.

No. 38-09 (DAR): Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County.

No. 42-09* (DAR) remained W of Plainfield, northeastern Adams County, at least through at least 7 May. She was no longer detected at this location by 9 May. No subsequent reports.

No. W1-10* remained mainly in the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County, throughout the report period.

No. W3-10* remained W of New Lisbon through at least 8 May when she was detected in flight over Juneau County. She was next found at Horicon NWR, Dodge County, with nos. 29-08 (SM) and 18-09 (SM) on 12 May.

Nos. 1-10 (SM), and 8-10 (SM) moved from SE of Dexterville, Wood County, on 1 or 2 May and returned to an earlier location SW of Marshfield, Marathon County, by the night of 2 May. They remained at this location through at least 7 May. PTT readings for no. 1-10 indicated presence NW of Fountain City, Buffalo County, Wisconsin on the night of 9 May. Low precision readings on the night of 11 May indicated a roost location W of Zumbrota, Goodhue County, Minnesota. High precision readings on the night of 12 and 15 May indicated continued presence near Zumbrota.

Nos. 5-10* (SM) and 6-10* (SM) completed migration to the Necedah NWR on 29 April. On 30 April, PTT readings indicated a roost location N of Mauston, Juneau County. PTT readings the next night indicated a roost location E of Arlington, Columbia Co where they remained through at least 7 May. By the night of 8 May, they had returned to N of Mazomanie, Sauk County where they stayed for the rest of the report period.

Nos. 15-10 and 16-10* were detected in flight in southern Wisconsin during an aerial survey on 4 May and completed migration to the core area on 8 May when they landed just N of New Lisbon, Juneau County. A report of two cranes near Lewiston on 9 May was probably of these birds as they were detected in that area on 10 and 12 May.

No. 21-10 (DAR) remained W of Plainfield, northeastern Adams County, until he returned to the Mill Bluff SP area on 8 May.

Nos. 23-10* (DAR) and 26-10 (DAR) were detected on Necedah NWR on the evening of 2 May. They were next reported at Tainter Lake, Dunn County, Wisconsin on 8 May. They apparently stayed in the area through the remainder of the report period.

No. 27-10* was detected E of Meadow Valley Flowage on 11 April and in flight S of the refuge on 12 April. She was next found SW of Cutler, Juneau County, on 22 April and remained at that location until moving to the Mill Bluff SP area, Monroe County by 10 May.

Michigan:

No. 37-07 (DAR): A whooping crane reported NE of Jackson, Jackson County, on 29 March was probably this bird. Identification was confirmed on 20 April.

Indiana:

No. 27-07* was last reported with sandhills on her usual summering area E of Etna Green, Kosciusko County, on the evening of 13 March. Her transmitter is suspected to be nonfunctional.

Last Recorded on Autumn Migration; Wintering Area Undetermined:

No. 13-07 was last recorded with no. 36-09* (DAR) on 24 November 2010. The signal of no. 36-09* (DAR) was detected at Hiwassee WR, Meigs/Rhea Counties, Tennessee, on the morning of 14 December. No. 13-07 has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 13-09 (CH) was last reported flying over Chassahowitzka NWR pensite, Citrus County, Florida, with no. 19-09 (CH) on 2 December.

No Recent Reports:

No. 7-01*: Last reported NE of Horicon NWR, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, on 2 May 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 16-03 was last observed on Sprague Pool, Necedah NWR, on 6 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 14-05 was last observed on Necedah NWR on 18 May 2010. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 20-05*: An unidentified whooping crane reported from Dike 17 WA, Black River SF, Jackson County, on 24 May 2010 have been no. 20-05*. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

No. 33-05* (DAR) was last reported with migrating sandhills in Ewing Bottoms, Jackson County, Indiana, on 25 February through 6 March 2010. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.

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This report is a product of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), which was established in 1999 to reintroduce a migratory population of whooping cranes to eastern North America. The nine founding members are the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Canada-U.S. Whooping Crane Recovery Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Operation Migration, Inc., International Crane Foundation (ICF), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Many additional organizations and individuals have played an important role in the reintroduction, and the efforts and contributions of all participants are acknowledged as vital to the success of the project. We thank Bev Paulan (Wisconsin DNR) and Windway Aviation and pilot Mike Waage for telemetry flights and Rich King (USFWS) for hatching information.