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Project Design

 

For the first time, whooping cranes are not released at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Instead the young cranes were released at White River Marsh State Wildlife Management Area. Here is the news release - New Release Sites for “Class of 2011” Whooping Cranes (June 15, 2011)

 

Protocol for Whooping Crane Reintroduction Project (2001) - methods and techniques used to rear and reintroduce whooping cranes.

 

Questions and Answers About the Whooping Crane Reintroduction (prepared 2002)

 

Role of Crane Vocalizations in Project Design

 

Banding Wild Chicks

 

Training Techniques Slideshow

 

Final Environmental Assessment (June 2001):  Proposed Reintroduction of a Migratory Flock of Whooping Cranes in the Eastern United States (links to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website)

 

Map of the initial fall migration path and Nonessential Experimental Population Area

 


 

 

Project History

 

2017

Project Updates

 

June 20, 2017 News Release: Breeding season produces history-making wild chicks

 

April 27, 2017 News Release: Whooping Cranes notch nesting milestones in Wisconsin

 

2016

 

Project Updates

 

July 6, 2016 News Release: Changes are hatching in the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership

 

 

2015

Annual Report

 

Project Updates

 

Aug. 21, 2015 - Wisconsin Public Radio Interview: Checking In On Wisconsin's Whooping Cranes

Glen Moberg talks to Anne Lacy, Crane Research Coordinator for the International Crane Foundation, about whooping crane recovery.

 

 

May 14, 2014: First wild whoopers hatch in 2015; record nests spur hopes of more young

 

2014

March 2014 - WCEP Five Year Strategic Plan 2011–2015: March 2014 Status Report & Updates 14-page PDF Adobe pdf icon

 

2014 Project Updates

 

2013

2013 Annual Report (23-page PDF)

 

2013 Project Updates

 

2013 News Releases

 

2012

2012 Annual Report

 

2012 Project Updates

 

Spring 2012 Updates

 

2012 Spring Nesting Table - Nest survey results and adult crane locations

 

Solving the Current Challenge: Working for Successful Whooping Crane Nesting in Wisconsin - Nest Productivity Review, Studies, and Study Results - - Updated for 2012

 

 

2011

2011 Annual Report

 

Solving the Current Challenge: Working for Successful Whooping Crane Nesting in Wisconsin - Nest Productivity Review, Studies, and Study Results

 

Black flies may be one of the factors that cause whooping cranes to abandon their nests before their eggs hatch. A study to test this hypothesis began in 2011. Researchers treated areas around Necedah National Wildife Refuge with a specific form of Bti to control black flies. Here is more inforamtion about Bti as a black fly control agent, an explanation of the product and its effect.

 

For the first time, whooping cranes are not released at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Instead the young cranes were released at White River Marsh State Wildlife Management Area. Here is the news release - New Release Sites for “Class of 2011” Whooping Cranes (June 15, 2011)

 

2010

Evaluation of two hypotheses affecting nest abandonment WCEP Research and Science Team (Dec. 2010) 22-page PDFAdobe PDF icon

 

WCEP Five-Year Strategic Plan - Dec. 2010 (14-page PDF Adobe PDF icon)

 

WCEP Partnership Guidance Document (August 2010)

 

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership: External Program Review (March 2010)

 

In a joint operation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and International Crane Foundation, biologists successfully captured and banded one of the two wild-hatched whooping crane chicks produced in Wisconsin in 2010.

 

2009

Current Year Class will Winter in Two Separate Groups

For the first time, the new class of whooping cranes will winter in two different locations. Go here for more information on why and how the decision was made. - January 2009

 

2008

2008 Annual Report

 

Summary of Florida Release Site Analysis (Notes from January 29 – 30, 2008 Meeting) in Response to 2007 Catostrophic Storm

 

New Fall Route

 

2007

2007 Annual Report

 

Swap of Eggs at Wild Whooping Crane Nest in Wisconsin - June 12, 2007 Statement

 

Loss of 17 Whooping Cranes at Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge After Storms Hit Central Florida (Feb. 2, 2007)

 

2006

2006 Annual Report

 

Halpata Nature Preserve stopover before Chassahowitzka NWR - 2006

 

Wisconsin Whooping Crane Management Plan - December 2006

 

2005

2005 Annual Report

Direct Autumn Release: an alternative technique for reintroducing young cranes that we are using in addition to ultralight-led migration.

 

2004

2004 Annual Report

Whooping Crane "Class of 2004": Daily updates on the Fall 2004 Ultralight-led migration

 

2003

2003 Annual Report

Whooping Crane "Class of 2003": Daily updates on their first migration

 

2002

2002 Annual Report

Fall: Daily updates from the ultralight-led migration

Spring: Wild whooping cranes return to Wisconsin

Whooping Crane Return Flight Questions and Answers 

 

2001

2001 Annual Report

First year that whooping cranes are reintroduced at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin and follow ultralight aircraft on fall migration to Florida.

Facts About Reintroducing Whooping Cranes to Eastern North America

Video from the 2001 Migration

 

2000

Sandhill Crane Study - Sandhill cranes were used to test whether cranes could be trained to follow ultralight aircraft, if they would follow ultralights from Wisconsin to Florida, and whether they would return to Wisconsin, on their own, in the spring.

 

1999

Wisconsin Whooping Crane Breeding Site Assessment By John Cannon (Sept. 22, 1999) 44-page PDF; 3MB

 

Appendix 1: Whooping Crane Breeding Site Selection Critieria (68-page PDFAdobe PDF icon)

 

Initial Information on Possible Breeding Sites for Whooping Cranes. Memo from John Cannon to DNR/FWS/Other Partners, Wisconsin Whooping Crane Project Team (10-page PDFAdobe PDF icon)

 


 

 

WCEP Annual Reports

2015 (25-page PDF)

2014 (47-page PDF; 1.3MB)

2013 (23-page PDF)

2012 (21-page PDF)

2011

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

 


 

Whooping Crane Numbers

 

Whooping Crane Number from 2002 to Present

 

See Recovery Reports (below) for source of whooping crane numbers.

 


 

Whooping Crane Recovery Plan, Management Plan and Recovery Reports

 

Recovery Plan

Whooping Crane Recovery Plan: Third Revision - March 2007 (USFWS)

 

 

Management Plan

Wisconsin Whooping Management Plan - Dec. 6, 2006 (91-page PDF)

 

Recovery Reports

Each report includes summaries of recovery activities for all the wild populations of whooping cranes in North America (Aransas/Wood Buffalo, non-migratory Florida, eastern migratory, and Louisiana). Information about captive birds is also included.

 

 

2015 Breeding Seaston to 2016 Spring Migration Adobe PDF Icon Report on Whooping Crane Recovery Activities

 

2014 breeding season-2015 spring migration Adobe PDF Icon Report on Whooping Crane Recovery Activities

 

2013 Breeding Season to 2014 Spring MigrationAdobe PDF Icon 78-page PDF

 

2012 Breeding Season to 2013 Spring Migration - Report on Whooping Crane Recovery Activities (22-page PDF)

 

October 2010 to August 2011

October 2009 - September 2010

October 2008 - October 2009

November 2007 - September 2008

April 2007 - October 2007

October 2006 - April 2007

April 2006 - September 2006

October 2005 - March 2006

April 2005 - September 2005

October 2004 - March 2005

April 2004 - September 2004

October 2003 - March 2004

April - September 2003

September 2002 - March 2003

March 2002 - August 2002

September 2001 - February 2002

March - August 2001

 


 

 

Research

Science Products from the Whooping Crane Eastern Population Reintroduction Effort Adobe PDF Icon

 

Nesting Production Studies

 

Solving the Current Challenge (2012)

 

Bti Study (2010 to 2012)

 

Effects of Forced Renesting (2015)

 


 

Project Archives

Project updates

 

Project Facts - prepared 2001

 


 

 

Links to Other Whooping Crane Websites

Alberta, Canada Fish and Wildlife's Whooping Crane

 

Environment Canada - Wild Whooping Cranes in Canada

 

International Crane Foundation's Whooping Crane

 

National Wildlife Federation's Whooping Crane

 

North American Crane Working Group:   Whooping Crane (Grus americana)

 

Whooping Crane Conservation Association

 

Whooping Crane Eastern Migratory Reintroduction Project - Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

 

Whooping Crane Information - USFWS National Website

 

Wisconsin DNR Whooping Crane site

 

 


 

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