Project Updates – 2019

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Whooping Crane Update – December 1, 2019 

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month most Whooping Cranes have migrated to their wintering grounds! 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. Near real-time locations of Whooping Cranes in this population can be seen at map.bringbackthecranes.org.

Population Estimate

The current estimated population size is 86 (41 F, 42 M, 3 U), which now includes both released parent-reared juveniles from fall 2019. To the best of our knowledge, as of 1 December 1 is in Michigan, 33 are in Indiana, 10 are in Illinois, 4 are in Tennessee, 4 are in Kentucky, and 20 are in Alabama. At least 4 Whooping Cranes were last seen in Wisconsin during November and haven’t been detected on the wintering grounds yet. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month. See map below.

2019 Cohort

W1-19 (F) was seen during November with parents 12-11 and 5-11 in Gibson Co, IN.

W14-19 (F) is with parents 12-03 and 12-05 in Knox Co, IN.

W19-19 (U) is with parents 9-05 and 13-03 in Greene Co, IN.

79-19 (F) migrated with adults 67-15 and 3-17 to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Morgan Co, AL.

80-19 (F) was released in November at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Greene Co, IN, near adult Whooping Cranes W1-18, W5-18, and W10-18. 80-19 is still in Greene Co, and has been seen associating with adult Whooping Cranes.

2018 Cohort

W1_18 (F) is still in Greene Co, IN, in the vicinity or associating with other Whooping Cranes.

W3_18 (F) and W6_18 (M) also migrated to Greene Co, IN, and are with other Whooping Cranes.

W5_18 (M) and W10_18 (U) are still together in Greene Co, IN. They also associate with other adult Whooping Cranes.

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) migrated to Jasper Co, IN, and are sometimes seen with 28-17 (M) who they associated with last winter as well.

75_18 (M) and 78_18 (F) left Dodge Co, WI together during November. During migration, 78_18 died due to powerline collision (see below), and 75_18 is now alone in McLean Co, IL.

77_18 (M) is now in Hamilton Co, TN.

Mortality or Long-term missing

78_18 (F) died due to powerline collision in Woodford Co, IL during November.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 1 December 2019.

Whooping Crane Update – November 1, 2019

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month Whooping Cranes have started migrating! 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 85 (40 F, 42 M, 3 U). To the best of our knowledge, as of 1 November at least 58 Whooping Cranes are in Wisconsin, 3 are in Michigan, 7 are in Indiana, and 7 are in Illinois. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month, some of which have likely started migration. See map below.

2019 Cohort

W1-19 (F) is still with parents 12-11 and 5-11 in Juneau Co, WI.

W14-19 (F) is still with parents 12-03 and 12-05 in Juneau Co, WI.

W19-19 (U) is still with parents 9-05 and 13-03 in Juneau Co, WI.

79-19 (F) was released during October in Green Lake Co, WI, near adults 67-15 and 3-17. She is currently associating consistently with the adults and all three are still in Green Lake Co, Wisconsin.

2018 Cohort

W1_18 (F) was the first Whooping Crane to show up in Greene Co, IN this fall. She is currently in the same area as W5-18 (M) and W10-18 (U).

W3_18 (F) is still with 16_04 (M) in Juneau Co, WI.

W5_18 (M) and W10_18 (U) left Wisconsin together and turned up in Greene Co, IN. They are currently in the same area as W1-18 (F).

W6_18 (M) is still associating with a group of Whooping Cranes in Juneau Co, WI.

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) are still with father 16_11 in Dodge Co, WI.

75_18 (M) and 78_18 (F) are still in Dodge Co, WI.

77_18 (M) is still in Washtenaw Co, Michigan.

Mortality or Long-term missing

None known during October.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 1 November 2019.

 


Whooping Crane Update – October 1, 2019 

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month Whooping Cranes have started moving around a bit but haven’t yet started migrating. 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 85 (40 F, 42 M, 3 U). This includes three wild-hatched chicks from 2019. To the best of our knowledge, as of 1 October at least 73 Whooping Cranes are in Wisconsin, 4 are in Michigan, 1 is in Iowa, and 1 is in Illinois. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month. See map below.

2019 Wild-hatched Cohort

W1-19 is still with parents 12-11 and 5-11 in Juneau Co.

W14-19 is still with parents 12-03 and 12-05 in Juneau Co.

W19-19 is still with parents 9-05 and 13-03 in Juneau Co, and has fledged.

2018 Cohort

W1_18 (F) is still in Marathon Co.

W3_18 (F) is still with 16_04 (M) at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Juneau Co, WI.

W5_18 (M) and W10_18 (U) have been together at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Juneau Co, WI.

W6_18 (M) is also at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding areas in Juneau Co, occasionally with other Whooping Cranes.

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) are together in Dodge Co, WI, and have now re-united with father 16_11.

75_18 (M) and 78_18 (F) are together in Dodge Co, WI.

77_18 (M) is still in Washtenaw Co, Michigan.

Removal from Population

12_09 (M) was captured during September, was removed from the Eastern Migratory Population, and was brought back into captivity. He had been frequenting a military airport, was no longer responding to hazing activities, and was causing safety hazards for himself and others. He has been removed from the population totals above.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 1 October 2019.

Whooping Crane Update – September 1, 2019 

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month Whooping Cranes have mostly stayed on their summer territories and chicks are getting bigger! 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 85 (40 F, 43 M, 2 U). This includes two of the three wild-hatched chicks from 2019. The third will be added to population totals once it has fledged. To the best of our knowledge, as of 1 September at least 72 Whooping Cranes are in Wisconsin, 4 are in Michigan, 1 is in Iowa, and 1 is in Illinois. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month. See map below.

2019 Wild-hatched Cohort

As of 1 September, there are 3 wild-hatched chicks alive, shown below in bold.

W1-19 is still with parents 12-11/5-11 in Juneau Co and is doing well. W1-19 fledged earlier this summer and has been exploring some new areas.

W14-19 is still with parents 12-03 and 12-05 in Juneau Co and is doing well. W14-19 fledged during August and is checking out more of the wetlands at Necedah NWR.

W19-19 is still with parents 9-05 and 13-03 in Juneau Co, and will fledge mid-September.

2018 Cohort

W1_18 (F) is still in Marathon Co.

W3_18 (F) is still with 16_04 (M) at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Juneau Co, WI.

W5_18 (M), W6_18 (M), and W10_18 (U) were at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge during July. They were sometimes seen with other Whooping Cranes, but are moving around the refuge a bit. W5-18 and W10-18 may be together, or at least are in the same area of the refuge.

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) are still together in Dodge Co, WI.

75_18 (M) and 78_18 (F) are together in Dodge Co, WI.

77_18 (M) is still in Washtenaw Co, Michigan.

Mortality or Long-term missing

16_07 (F) was found dead at Necedah NWR on 25 August but she likely died a week or so earlier. Her mate 7-07 has now been seen with W3-10 who lost her mate earlier this summer. Cause of death is unknown.

1_04 (M) has not been seen since January in Illinois. His mate 16_07 nested with another male this year before her death (see above). We suspect 1_04 is dead and removed him from the population totals above.

24_09 (M) has not been seen since late May. His mate 42_09 was seen alone during June and July and now has been seen with another male. We suspect 24_09 is dead but have not found his carcass. He has been removed from the population totals above.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 1 September 2019.

Whooping Crane Update – August 6, 2019 

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month we have had our first wild-hatched chick of the year reach fledging! 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 86 (39 F, 45 M, 2 U). This does not yet include wild-hatched chicks from 2019. To the best of our knowledge, as of 6 August at least 72 Whooping Cranes are in Wisconsin, 4 are in Michigan, 1 is in Iowa, and 1 is in Illinois. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month. See map below.

Reproduction

As of 6 August, we have had at least 25 first nests, likely 10 second nests, and one third nest. We have had 19 wild-hatched chicks, 11 from 7 first nests, 8 from 7 re-nests. Currently there are 4-5 wild-hatched chicks alive, shown below in bold.

2019 Wild-hatched chicks:

W1-19 hatched 3 May to parents 12-11/5-11 in Juneau Co and is still alive, has been banded, and has fledged!

W9-19 hatched 25 May to parents W18-15/19-10 in Juneau Co. Mother W18-15 has not been seen recently, and W9-19 was seen for a while with dad 19-10. However, W9-19 hasn’t been seen since 14 July, and 19-10 has been seen alone, so we believe W9-19 is no longer alive.

W12-19 hatched on 2 June to parents 2-04 and 25-09 in Juneau Co and is no longer alive.

W14-19 hatched on 6 June to parents 12-03 and 12-05 in Juneau Co and is still alive. W14-19 received their permanent bands and a transmitter during July.

W16-19 and W17-19 hatched on 7 and 10 June to parents 9-03 and 3-04 in Juneau Co. Mother 9-03 died during July (see below). W16-19 and father 3-04 were recently seen with adult female 23-10, but now the two adults have been seen without the chick and we believe W16-19 is no longer alive.

W19-19 hatched on 22 June to parents 9-05 and 13-03 in their third nest attempt this season, in Juneau Co, and is still alive.

2018 Cohort

W1_18 (F) is still in Marathon Co.

W3_18 (F) is still with 16_04 (M) at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Juneau Co, WI.

W5_18 (M), W6_18 (M), and W10_18 (U) were at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge during July. They were sometimes seen with other Whooping Cranes, but are moving around the refuge a bit.

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) are still together in Dodge Co, WI.

75_18 (M) and 78_18 (F) are together in Dodge Co, WI.

77_18 (M) is still in Washtenaw Co, Michigan.

Mortality or Long-term missing

9_03 (F) was found dead on 3 July at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Juneau Co, WI. Cause of death appears to be predation. Chick W16_19 is still with male 3_04.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 6 August 2019.

Whooping Crane Update – July 1, 2019 

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month nesting season has come to an end, and chicks are starting to get big! 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 87 (40 F, 45 M, 2 U). This does not yet include wild-hatched chicks from 2019. To the best of our knowledge, as of 1 July at least 71 Whooping Cranes are in Wisconsin, 4 are in Michigan, and 1 is in Minnesota. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month. See maps below.

Reproduction

As of 1 July, we have had at least 25 first nests, likely 10 second nests, and one third nest. We have had 19 wild-hatched chicks, 11 from 7 first nests, 8 from 7 re-nests. Currently there are 5-6 wild-hatched chicks alive, shown below in bold.

Completed nests (since last update):

Juneau Co: 12-03/12-05 (hatch), 25-09/2-04 (hatch), 36-09/18-03 (hatch), 24-08/13-02 (hatch), 16-07/7-07 (hatch), 9-03/3-04 (hatch), 9-05/13-03 third nest attempt (hatch)

Adams Co: 3-11/7-11 eggs collected after 3-11’s carcass was found. One egg hatched in captivity.

St. Croix Co: 1-11/59-13 assumed nest based on behavior (failed)

 2019 Wild-hatched chicks:

W1-19 hatched 3 May to parents 12-11/5-11 in Juneau Co and is still alive

 W2-19 hatched 7 May to parents 24-09/42-09 in Adams Co and has not been seen since 23 May, when father 24-09 also disappeared.

W5-19 hatched 14 May to parents W3-10/8-04 in Juneau Co and was last seen on 31 May, when father 8-04 died.

W9-19 hatched 25 May to parents W18-15/19-10 in Juneau Co and is still alive.

 W10-19 and W11-19 were first detected on 31 May with parents 5-10/28-08 in Marathon Co and are no longer alive.

W12-19 hatched on 2 June to parents 2-04 and 25-09 in Juneau Co and is still alive.

W13-19 hatched on 4 June to parents 18-03 and 36-09 in Juneau Co and is no longer alive.

W14-19 hatched on 6 June to parents 12-03 and 12-05 in Juneau Co and is still alive.

W15-19 hatched on 6 June to parents 16-07 and 7-07 in Juneau Co and is no longer alive.

W16-19 and W17-19 hatched on 7 and 10 June to parents 9-03 and 3-04 in Juneau Co, and W16-19 is still alive.

W18-19 hatched in Juneau Co to parents 13-02 and 24-08 but is no longer alive.

W19-19 hatched on 22 June to parents 9-05 and 13-03 in their third nest attempt this season, in Juneau Co, and is still alive.

 2018 Cohort

W1_18 (F) is still in Marathon Co.

W3_18 (F) is still with 16_04 (M) at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Juneau Co, WI.

W5_18 (M) was still in Juneau Co during June.

W6_18 (M) was last seen in Juneau Co, WI in early June.

W10_18 (U) was in Juneau Co, WI during June.

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) are still together in Dodge Co, WI.

75_18 (M) and 78_18 (F) were released and are together in Dodge Co, WI.

77_18 (M) moved to Washtenaw Co, Michigan.

 Mortality or Long-term missing

3_11 (M) died in early June and was collected 6 June in Adams Co, WI. His body was found next to his nest and his mate was nearby. We collected two eggs from the nest that were about to hatch, one of which hatched in captivity.  Cause of death was septicemia.

41_09 (M) died of unknown causes sometime during 2018, but his transmitter and remains were collected 3 June in Juneau Co.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 1 July 2019.

Whooping Crane Update – June 1, 2019 

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month chicks have started to hatch! 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 87 (39 F, 46 M, 2 U). This does not yet include wild-hatched chicks from 2019. To the best of our knowledge, as of 1 June at least 76 Whooping Cranes are back in Wisconsin, 4 are in Michigan, and 1 is in Illinois. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month. See maps below.

Reproduction

As of 1 June, we have had at least 25 first nests and at least 9 re-nests. Currently we have 7 active re-nests. We have had 11 wild-hatched chicks from 7 first nests, 7 of which are still alive. Below, wild-hatched chicks in bold are currently alive.

Active re-nests:

Juneau Co: 12-03/12-05, 25-09/2-04, 36-09/18-03, 24-08/13-02, 16-07/7-07,   9-03/3-04

Adams Co: 3-11/7-11

Completed nests that didn’t hatch (since last update):

Juneau Co: 12-09/69-16, 13-03/9-05 re-nest, W1-06/1-10 re-nest

Green Lake Co: 10-15/4-13 (sat full term), W3-17/30-16 (sat full term), 7-17/4-14

 2019 Wild-hatched chicks:

W1-19 hatched 3 May to parents 12-11/5-11 in Juneau Co and is still alive

 W2-19 hatched 7 May to parents 24-09/42-09 in Adams Co and is still alive, as far as we know

 W3-19 and W4-19 hatched around 10 May to parents 27-14/10-11 in Marquette Co and are no longer alive

W5-19 hatched 14 May to parents W3-10/8-04 in Juneau Co and is still alive

W6-19 hatched 14 May to parents W3-10/8-04 in Juneau Co and is no longer alive

W7-19 hatched 20 May to parents 15-11/29-08 in Juneau Co and is still alive

 W8-19 hatched 20 May to parents 15-11/29-08 in Juneau Co and is no longer alive

 W9-19 hatched 25 May to parents W18-15/19-10 in Juneau Co and is still alive

 W10-19 and W11-19 were first detected on 31 May with parents 5-10/28-08 in Marathon Co and are still alive

 2018 Cohort

W1_18 (F) is still in Marathon Co.

W3_18 (F) is now with 16_04 (M) at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Juneau Co, WI.

W5_18 (M) was still in Juneau Co during April.

W6_18 (M) was in Juneau Co, WI.

W10_18 (U) was last seen in Juneau Co, WI in early May.

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) are still together in Dodge Co, WI.

77_18 (M) is still in Livingston Co, Michigan.

 2017 Cohort

W3_17 (F) is still with 30_16 (M) in Green Lake Co, WI, but do not have a chick. The pair sat full term but we never saw a chick, so we’re not sure if their eggs hatched.

W7_17 (F) was last seen in early May in Burnett Co, WI.

19_17 (M) was with 2_15 (F) and 28_05 (F) in Marathon Co, WI, but died due to powerline collision during May (see below).

28_17 (M) has not been seen since March in Dodge Co, WI.

24_17 (M) is now in Sauk Co, WI with 4_17 and 6_17.

72_17 (M) has been moving around Michigan this spring and is in Saginaw Co.

38_17 (F) is still with 63-15 (M) in Dodge Co.

39_17 (F) was in Ontario, Canada, but died during May (see below).

7_17 (F) is still with 4_14 (M) in Green Lake Co, WI. The pair nested but did not hatch any chicks.

4_17 (M) and 6_17 (F) are now in Sauk Co, WI, with 24_17 (M).

1_17 (M) is bouncing between Juneau and Jackson Co, WI

2_17 (F) is still in Juneau Co, WI with an unbanded crane we presume is W10_15 (U).

3_17 (M) is still with 67_15 (F) in Green Lake Co and the pair had their first nest this spring, but did not hatch any chicks.

8_17 (F) was last seen in early March in Jackson Co, IN.

 Mortality or Long-term missing

19_17 (M) died of powerline collision on 9 May in Marathon Co, WI.

39_17 (F) died of gunshot in Ontario Canada during May, and investigation is ongoing.

8_04 (M) died during the last week of May in Juneau Co, WI, and necropsy results are pending as to cause of death.

29_16 (M) died of unknown causes sometime during 2018, but his transmitter and remains were collected 25 May in Juneau Co.

33_17 (F) hasn’t been seen since October 2017, is considered long-term missing, and has been removed from our population totals above.

29_09 (M), 34_09 (F), and 38_09 (M) haven’t been seen since December 2017, are considered long-term missing, and have been removed from our population totals above.

65_15 (F), 38_08 (F), and 19_14 (F) haven’t been seen since March 2018, are considered long-term missing, and have been removed from our population totals above.

10_09 (M) and 32_09 (F) haven’t been seen since May 2018, are considered long-term missing, and have been removed from our population totals above.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 1 June 2019.

Whooping Crane Update – May 1, 2019 

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month adult Whooping Cranes have been nesting and young cranes have been doing a bit of wandering. 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 May at least 77 Whooping Cranes are back in Wisconsin, 1 was last reported in Iowa, 4 are in Michigan, and 1 is in Ontario Canada. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month. See maps below.

Reproduction

As of 1 May, we have had at least 25 first nests. At least 3 nests have failed due to unknown causes, however we suspect a snow storm was the cause for one nest’s failure. Ten nests from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge had eggs pulled during black fly emergence to encourage cranes to re-nest after black flies were off the landscape. Eggs from these nests were brought into captivity to be reared and released back into the wild. Currently we have 12 active nests, some of which may hatch still this week.

Active nests:

Juneau Co: 12-11/5-11, 69-16/12-09, 15-11/29-08, W3-10/8-04, W18-15/19-10

Adams Co: 24-09/42-09

Marquette Co: 10-11/27-14

Green Lake Co: 7-17/4-14, 3-14/4-12, 10-15/4-13, W3-17/30-16

Marathon Co: 5-10/28-08

Failed nests or Forced Re-nests:

Juneau Co: W1-06/1-10, 6-15/37-07, 2-04/25-09, 13-02/24-08, 36-09/18-03, 13-03/9-05, 23-10/4-08, 9-03/3-04, 16-07/7-07, 12-03/12-05

St. Croix Co: 1-11/59-13

Adams Co: 3-11/7-11

Green Lake Co: 67-15/3-17

2018 Wild-hatched birds

W1_18 (F) has been confirmed back in Wisconsin during April, in Marathon Co.

W3_18 (F) is now with 11_15 (M) and has been moving between Adams and Juneau Counties, WI. The two have been seen unison calling, even though she doesn’t have her full adult voice quite yet.

W5_18 (M) was still in Juneau Co during April.

W6_18 (M) was seen in Juneau Co during April.

W10_18 (U) is now in Juneau Co, WI, not far from their parents’ territory.

2018 Parent-reared Cohort

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) left Horicon National Wildlife Refuge to start moving around, but are still together in Dodge Co, WI.

77_18 (M) left Sarasota Co, FL and is now in Livingston Co, Michigan.

2017 Wild-hatched birds

W3_17 (F) left 11_15 (M) and is now with 30_16 (M) in Green Lake Co, WI, and the pair is currently nesting.

W7_17 (F) has not yet been confirmed back in WI.

2017 Parent-reared Cohort

19_17 (M) is still with 2_15 (F) and 28_05 (F) in Marathon Co, WI.

28_17 (M) has not been seen since March and is likely moving around WI.

24_17 (M) is now in Sauk Co, WI.

72_17 (M) has been moving around a ton this spring and is back in Genesee Co, MI.

38_17 (F) is still with 63-15 (M) in Dodge Co.

39_17 (F) is still in Ontario, Canada.

2017 Costume-Reared Cohort

7_17 (F) is still with 4_14 (M) in Green Lake Co, WI and is currently nesting.

4_17 (M) and 6_17 (F) are still in Adams Co.

1_17 (M) and 2_17 (F) split up and 1_17 is in Jackson Co, WI, while 2_17 is in Juneau Co, WI with an unbanded crane we presume is W10_15 (U).

3_17 (M) is still with 67_15 (F) in Green Lake Co and the pair had their first nest this spring.

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

Mortality

None known during April.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 1 May 2019.

 


Whooping Crane Update – April 9, 2019 

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month most Whooping Cranes have completed migration and a few have started nesting! 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 9 April at least 64 Whooping Cranes are back in Wisconsin, 2 were last reported in Georgia, 3 are in Michigan, 2 may still be in Illinois, 10 were last reported in Indiana (although may no longer be there), 1 is still in Florida, and 1 is in Ontario Canada. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month. See maps below.

Reproduction

As of 9 April, we have at least 6 active first nests with an additional unconfirmed nest. There may be additional nests from pairs we have not been able to observe.

Juneau County: W1-06/1-10, 6-15/37-07, 2-04/25-09, 13-02/24-08, 12-11/5-11

St. Croix County: 1-11/59-13

Adams County: 24-09/42-09 (unconfirmed)

 2018 Wild-hatched birds

W1_18 (F) was not seen during March but her parents are back on territory in Wisconsin.

W3_18 (F) returned to WI with parents 24_09 and 42_09, and is now in Adams County, near her parents’ nesting territory.

W5_18 (M) returned to WI with parents W3_10 and 8_04, and is now in Juneau Co.

W6_18 (M) returned to WI with parent 16-07 and her new mate 7-07, and is now in Juneau Co.

W10_18 (U) has not yet been confirmed in WI, but parents 4-08 and 23-10 are back on territory in Juneau Co, WI.

 2018 Parent-reared Cohort

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) returned to WI with their parent, 16_11 (M) and 28_17(M). 73_18 and 74_18 are still together, and are now in Dodge Co, WI.

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

 2017 Wild-hatched birds

W3_17 (F) returned to WI with other Whooping Cranes and is now in Green Lake Co, WI with 11_15 (M).

W7_17 (F) has not yet been confirmed back in WI.

2017 Parent-reared Cohort

19_17 (M) returned to WI and is now in Marathon Co, with 2_15 (F) and 28_05 (F), the two females he originally migrated with as a juvenile.

28_17 (M) migrated back to WI with 16_11 (M) and his two chicks (see above). He was seen with 16_11 in Dodge Co upon their arrival, but has not been seen again in the area and has likely moved elsewhere.

24_17 (M) left Alachua Co, FL and is now in Lafayette Co, WI.

72_17 (M) has been moving around a ton this spring and is currently in Genesee Co, MI.

38_17 (F) returned to WI with 63-15 (M) and is now in Dodge Co.

39_17 (F) has been moving around a ton and has spent part of March and early April in Michigan, and is currently in Ontario, Canada.

2017 Costume-Reared Cohort

7_17 (F) has returned to WI and is currently in Marquette Co. She is presumably still with 4_14 (M).

4_17 (M) and 6_17 (F) have returned to WI and are currently in Adams Co.

1_17 (M) and 2_17 (F) have been moving around a ton this spring as well, and have made their first return to WI since their translocation to Indiana in fall 2017. They are currently in Columbia Co, WI.

3_17 (M) has returned to WI and is currently with 67_15 (F) in Green Lake Co.

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

 Mortality

None known during March or early April.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 9 April 2019.

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