What To Do if You See Whooping Cranes
If you encounter a whooping crane in the wild, please give them the respect and distance they need. Do not approach birds on foot within 200 yards; remain in your vehicle; do not approach in a vehicle any closer than 100 yards. Also, please remain concealed and do not speak loudly enough that the birds can hear you. Finally, do not trespass on private property in an attempt to view or photograph whooping cranes.
the project's lead ultralight
pilot, said it best during an interview: "Although we take
special precautions to ensure these birds are reared in isolation from
human contact, they are still far from wild. Their return to nature takes place over months but could be destroyed by one curious
onlooker. Despite good intentions the best thing an observer could do for
these birds and this project is to observe from a distance. The worst thing you could do is attempt to feed them. "
Each exposure lessens the
whooping cranes’ natural fear of humans, which is an important survival
mechanism. Feeding the whooping cranes can result in the birds becoming
dependent on humans as a source of food. Both would negate the many long
hours biologists, veterinarians, pilots and volunteers endured in hot costumes and silence
while raising and caring for these whooping cranes.
Reporting Whooping Crane Sightings for WCEP Trackers
We would appreciate you reporting your sighting on our online website at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/whoopingcrane/sightings/sightingform.cfm. Thank you!
Reporting Whooping Crane Sightings to Others (on ListServs, Partner Facebook pages, etc.)
When Whooping Cranes are present at the following eight sites, the name of the Refuge or park may be used on birding lists and on social media sites, however no other location information more specific than the name of the property should be used. When whooping cranes are present at other sites, only the birds’ county-level location should be shared.
1. Necedah NWR
2. Horicon NWR
3. White River Marsh SWA
4. Chassahowitzka NWR
5. St. Marks NWR
6. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
7. Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, TN
8. Wheeler NWR, AL