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Whooping Crane Update – March 1, 2019

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month Whooping Cranes have started to move north but haven’t migrated all the way back to Wisconsin yet. A huge thank-you to the staff of the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Departments of Natural Resources of flyway states, the International Crane Foundation, and all the volunteers who help us keep track of the cranes throughout the year. We appreciate your contribution to the recovery of the Whooping Crane Eastern Migratory Population. This report is produced by the International Crane Foundation for the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership.

Population Estimate

The current estimated population size is 100 (45 F, 52 M, 3 U). To the best of our knowledge, as of 1 March approximately 13 Whooping Cranes are in Illinois, 36 are in Indiana, 9 are in Kentucky, 3 are in Tennessee, 14 are in Alabama, 3 are in Georgia, 5 are in Florida, and 1 is in Louisiana. There is also one female Whooping Crane from the Louisiana Non-Migratory Population (L4-17) at Wheeler NWR in Morgan Co, AL, who may still be associating with EMP cranes but was not seen with them during February. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month. See maps below.

2018 Wild-hatched birds

W1_18 (F) was last seen in November with parents 12_11 and 5_11 in Knox Co, IN. The family group was not seen during February.

W3_18 (F) and parents 24_09 and 42_09 are still in Hopkins Co, Kentucky.

W5_18 (M) is still with parents W3_10 and 8_04 in Greene Co, IN.

W6_18 (M) is still with his parents 1-04 and 16-07 in Lawrence Co, IL.

W10_18 (U) is also with its parents 4-08 and 23-10 in Greene Co, IN.

2018 Parent-reared Cohort

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) are still with their parent, 16_11 (M), in Jasper Co, IN. 28_17 (M) is also in the area and sometimes associates with the family group.

77_18 (M) is still in Sarasota Co, FL.

2017 Wild-hatched birds

W3_17 (F) and W7_17 (F) are both at Wheeler NWR in Morgan Co, AL, along with other Whooping Cranes.

2017 Parent-reared Cohort

19_17 (M) is still in Jackson Co, AL.

28_17 (M) is in Jasper Co, IN in the same area as 16_11 (M) and his two chicks (see above).

24_17 (M) is still in Alachua Co, FL.

72_17 (M) left Jefferson Co, TN and moved north to Cass Co, IN.

38_17 (F) is still with 63-15 (M) in Randolph Co, IL.

2017 Costume-Reared Cohort

7_17 (F) left Webster Co, KY and moved slightly south to Hopkins Co, KY. She is presumably still with 4_14 (M).

4_17 (M) and 6_17 (F) are starting to move around a little bit, and are currently in Hickman Co, KY.

1_17 (M) and 2_17 (F) left Wheeler NWR in Morgan Co, AL, and are currently in Vermilion Co, IL.

3_17 (M) is still in Morgan Co, AL at Wheeler NWR.

8_17 (F) was last seen in early February in Crisp Co, GA.

Mortality

None known during February.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 1 March 2019.

 


Whooping Crane Update – February 11, 2019 

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month Whooping Cranes either stayed at their wintering locations, or some have started to move north. A huge thank-you to the staff of the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Departments of Natural Resources of flyway states, the International Crane Foundation, and all the volunteers who help us keep track of the cranes throughout the year. We appreciate your contribution to the recovery of the Whooping Crane Eastern Migratory Population. This report is produced by the International Crane Foundation for the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership.

Population Estimate

The current estimated population size is 100 (45 F, 52 M, 3 U). To the best of our knowledge, as of 11 February approximately 11 Whooping Cranes are in Illinois, 34 are in Indiana, 9 are in Kentucky, 5 are in Tennessee, 16 are in Alabama, 3 are in Georgia, 5 are in Florida, and 1 is in Louisiana. There is also one female Whooping Crane from the Louisiana Non-Migratory Population (L4-17) with EMP cranes at Wheeler NWR in Morgan Co, AL. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month. See maps below.

2018 Wild-hatched birds

W1_18 (F) was last seen in November with parents 12_11 and 5_11 in Knox Co, IN. The family group has not been seen during December or January.

W3_18 (F) has not been seen during December or January, although is likely in Kentucky with parents 24_09 and 42_09.

W5_18 (M) is with parents W3_10 and 8_04 in Greene Co, IN.

W6_18 (M) is with his parents 1-04 and 16-07 in Lawrence Co, IL.

W10_18 (U) is with its parents 4-08 and 23-10 in Greene Co, IN.

2018 Parent-reared Cohort

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) are with their parent, 16_11 (M), in Jasper Co, IN.

77_18 (M) is in Sarasota Co, FL.

2017 Wild-hatched birds

W3_17 (F) and W7_17 (F) are both at Wheeler NWR in Morgan Co, AL, along with about a dozen other Whooping Cranes.

2017 Parent-reared Cohort

19_17 (M) is in Jackson Co, AL, and was with 25_17 (M) who died since the last report (see below).

28_17 (M) was with 39-17 (F) in Jasper Co, IN. Then 39-17 moved south to Jackson Co, IN. It is unknown yet whether 28_17 went with her.

24_17 (M) is still in Alachua Co, FL.

72_17 (M) is still in Jefferson Co, TN.

38_17 (F) is with 63-15 (M) in Randolph Co, IL.

2017 Costume-Reared Cohort

7_17 (F) is with 4_14 (M) in Webster Co, KY.

4_17 (M) and 6_17 (F) are in Fulton Co, KY.

1_17 (M), 2_17 (F), and 3_17 (M) are in Morgan Co, AL at Wheeler NWR.

8_17 (F) is now in Crisp Co, GA.

Winter Distribution

To the best of our knowledge, these cranes are in the following states, or were reported there during January or early February. It is possible the cranes have moved to new locations by the end of the month. The remaining cranes’ locations are unknown.

Illinois: 10_11, 27_14, 16_07, 1_04, W6_18, 16_04, 6_15, 38_17, 63_15, 9_03, 3_04

Indiana: 16_11, 73_18, 74_18, 16_12, 12_03, 12_05, 29_08, 15_11, 39_17, 28_17, 31_16, 68_15, 28_05, 2_15, W5_18, W3_10, 8_04, W10_18, 23_10, 4_08, W1_06, 1_10, 9_05, 13_03, 7_11, 3_11, 18_03, 36_09, 19_10, W10_15, 69_16, 12_09, 19_09, 25_10

Kentucky: 4_17, 6_17, 4_14, 7_17, We assume the following birds are also in Kentucky, but haven’t gotten a recent report of them: 24_09, 42_09, W3_18, 2_04, 25_09

Tennessee: 72_17, 5_10, 28_08, 66_15, 14_12

Alabama: 17_11, 37_07, 19_17, 13_02, 24_08, 14_15, 1_11, 59_13, 1_17, 2_17, 10_15, 4_13, 11_15, W3_17, 3_17, W7_17, and one bird from the Louisiana Non-Migratory Population (L4-17).

Georgia: 4_12, 3_14, 8_17

Florida: 24_17, 77_18, 30_16, 5_12, 67_15

Louisiana: 20_15

Mortality

25-17 was euthanized in January after sustaining injuries that are believed to have come from a powerline collision.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 11 February 2019

 


Whooping Crane Update – January 7, 2019 

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month the remaining Whooping Cranes have reached their wintering locations. A huge thank-you to the staff of the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Departments of Natural Resources of flyway states, the International Crane Foundation, and all of the volunteers who help us keep track of the cranes throughout the year. We appreciate your contribution to the recovery of the Whooping Crane Eastern Migratory Population.

Population Estimate

The current estimated population size is 101 (45 F, 53 M, 3 U). To the best of our knowledge, as of 7 January approximately 11 Whooping Cranes are in Illinois, 33 are in Indiana, 9 are in Kentucky, 6 are in Tennessee, 18 are in Alabama, 2 are in Georgia, and 5 are in Florida. There is also one female Whooping Crane from the Louisiana Non-Migratory Population (L4-17) with EMP cranes at Wheeler NWR in Morgan Co, AL. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month. See maps below.

2018 Wild-hatched birds

W1_18 (F) was last seen in November with parents 12_11 and 5_11 in Knox Co, IN. The family group has not been seen during December.

W3_18 (F) has not been seen during December, although is likely in Kentucky with parents 24_09 and 42_09.

W5_18 (M) is with parents W3_10 and 8_04 in Greene Co, IN.

W6_18 (M) is with his parents 1-04 and 16-07 in Lawrence Co, IL.

W10_18 (U) is with its parents 4-08 and 23-10 in Greene Co, IN.

 2018 Parent-reared Cohort

16_11 (M), 73_18 (F), and 74_18 (M) are in Jasper Co, IN, in the same area as 39_17 (F).

77_18 (M) is in Sarasota Co, FL.

2017 Wild-hatched birds

W3_17 (F) and W7_17 (F) are both at Wheeler NWR in Morgan Co, AL, along with about a dozen other Whooping Cranes.

2017 Parent-reared Cohort

19_17 (M) and 25_17 (M) are in Jackson Co, AL.

28_17 (M) was last reported in early December in Jasper Co, IN.

24_17 (M) is in Alachua Co, FL.

72_17 (M) is in Jefferson Co, TN.

38_17 (F) is with 63-15 (M) in Randolph Co, IL.

39_17 (F) is in Jasper Co, IN in the same area as 16_11, 73_18, and 74_18.

2017 Costume-Reared Cohort

7_17 (F) and 4_14 (M) are in Webster Co, KY.

3_17 (M) is now at Wheeler NWR in Morgan Co, AL.

4_17 (M) and 6_17 (F) are in Hickman Co, KY.

1_17 (M), 2_17 (F) are in Morgan Co, AL at Wheeler NWR.

8_17 (F) has also turned up in Morgan Co, AL at Wheeler NWR.

Winter Distribution

To the best of our knowledge, these cranes are in the following states, or were reported there during December. It is possible the cranes have moved to new locations by the end of the month. The remaining cranes’ locations are unknown.

Illinois: 10_11, 27_14, 16_07, 1_04, W6_18, 16_04, 6_15, 38_17, 63_15, 9_03, 3_04

Indiana: 16_11, 73_18, 74_18, 16_12, 12_03, 12_05, 29_08, 15_11, 39_17, 28_17, 68_15, 28_05, 2_15, W5_18, W3_10, 8_04, W10_18, 23_10, 4_08, W1_06, 1_10, 9_05, 13_03, 7_11, 3_11, 18_03, 36_09, 19_10, W10_15, 69_16, 12_09, 19_09, 25_10

Kentucky: 24_09, 42_09, W3_18, 4_17, 6_17, 4_14, 7_17, 2_04, 25_09

Tennessee: 72_17, 5_10, 28_08, 31_16, 66_15, 14_12

Alabama: 17_11, 37_07, 19_17, 25_17, 8_17, 13_02, 24_08, 14_15, 1_11, 59_13, 1_17, 2_17, 10_15, 4_13, 11_15, W3_17, 3_17, W7_17, and one bird from the Louisiana Non-Migratory Population (L4-17).

Georgia: 4_12, 3_14

Florida: 24_17, 77_18, 30_16, 5_12, 67_15

Mortality

None known.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 7 January 2019