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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:36 pm    Post subject: Whooping Cranes Operation Migration  Reply with quote

 
Crane #7  Aug. 24, 2013


Operation Migration Whooping Cranes 2013
Whooping Crane Chicks, Wisconsin

If you get bored, watch Whooping Crane chix
Each morning at 6 am central time the trike (flying contraption) arrives and tries to get the 8 chicks to fly BEHIND it.
In October they will follow this trike from Wisconsin to Florida - hopefully.
Yes they have videos!

LIVE cam and chat
http://www.ustream.tv/migratingcranes

Whooping Crane video
Sneaky white bird - Aug 7, 2013 OM pilot Brooke was trying to get a juvenile crane into its enclosure, when an adult Whooping crane was sneaking into the crane pen.   Laughing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?fea...player_embedded&v=jFoPfRs_OlA

Whooping crane chick flight training video Aug. 16, 2013
This was the longest flight these chix have made - about a 10 minute flight.
6 of the 8 followed.  There was some concern about chick #4 after it grazed its leg on the trike wing, but it was fine.
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/37420579

Whooping crane field journal
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField

Whooping Crane survivability chances, mortality
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about4725.html

Operation Migration HAS SOME OCCASIONAL HEADACHES!
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about4561.html

This thread follows the OM crane chicks beginning in 2013


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad  With the loss of 1, 3, 5 and 8 - and now 2 and 7
Now there are only 2 left of 8 in the class of 2013 - #4 and 9, both males.

Whooping crane 2013 chicks personalities
Whooping crane Class of 2013 as I know them
August 14, 2013  Geoff Tarbox, one of the volunteers

R.I.P
Chick 1  FEMALE  -  WHITE band *  died spring 2014
The longest running alpha female of the group, a title she won by being a certain five-letter word that starts with B. She is nothing short of dominant, aggressive even, as I’ve seen her get pretty nasty to any chicks that get in her way, and that’s what makes her so much fun to me.  She’s not afraid to give even the two adult cranes (the yearlings from last years OM) that stop by the business if they get too close.


R.I.P
Chick 2  FEMALE  black band   
Every cohort has a space cadet and 2 is it. I think she wins the prize for being the ‘worst following bird’. She could not care less about what the costume (person in the white gown) is doing. Brooke has told me stories it took him over an hour to lead her out to the aircraft; even with smelt and grapes. However, once she sees the trike, she usually changes her tune and follows it like she’s stuck to it with glue. Unfortunately, recently, there have been a few moments where she was off in her own world. Sometimes she was the last bird to come out of the pen - and the last one back in the pen when training is over.

Sad  January 2015
#2 and #7 from 2013 killed by predator

http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2015/01/20/the-lowest-of-lows


R.I.P
Chick 3  MALE -  RED band *  died spring 2014
I consider him somewhat impressionable. Brooke recalls him being an attentive follower to the costume and the trike. However, in the first few weeks there were a couple times where he didn’t show much interest in the trike. Rather than come out for training, he’d stay in the pen and hang out by the feeder. 3 is normally a good training bird. He sometimes lays down on the runway, during a training session.  Laughing
 

#4 and 5-13 MALES - #4 blue and #5 has a YELLOW band
They are the blue and yellow fellows  Smile
Those two seem to be cut from the same cloth. Both cranes are attentive to the costume and to the trike and stay with them every step of the way. They’re the first birds to come out of the pen and the first to go back in.

Sad   R.I.P. you independent wayward 5-13 male.
#5 MALE, YELLOW band found dead December 2104
The remains of male no. 5-13 were recently found at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County, Florida. His death apparently had occurred on Thanksgiving night.
Whooping Crane mortalities
http://operationmigration.org/InT...05/emp-update-time/#comment-56562
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about4561.html

R.I.P
Chick 7   MALE  - ORANGE band -  got back pack transmitters 9-14
007 is not a fan of the adults. Whenever they show up, he’s not afraid to chase after them or jab at them even through the fence.  And they are submissive to him! I have seen him stand up to #1. If he can keep this up, then the throne could pass over to him.

R.I.P
Chick 8  FEMALE  8 light blue band
The little sister gets scared of things a little more easily than the other birds do, scared of the doors that open up for training.

#8 female colt from class of 2013 dead
January 12, 2015
 -  Her transmitter was not functioning so OM caught her to replace it. But as OM approached her, she was limping badly and had to be euthanized.  The survival rate of the Class of 2013 has dropped to 50% in less than a year.


Chick 9  MALE Green band  got *back pack transmitters 9-14
The youngest bird in the bunch. The other birds don’t give him as much respect but he still holds his own against the adult cranes. He seems to be the least experienced flier of the bunch. The first time he took off, he seemed to have gotten lost. He flew around aimlessly before touching down in the tall grass.

*  The back pack transmitters annoyed the birds too much and were removed.

I excerpted from this link, read it all here.
Chick 6 did not survive
http://operationmigration.org/InT...ld/2013/08/14/those-quirky-cranes

July 9 the crane chicks arrive in Wisconsin
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2013/07/09/todays-the-day
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2013/07/09/3577

Chix pix the day they arrive in Wis
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2013/07/12/class-photos

* Band colors changed just before migration October 2


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

August 18 training was about half hour, and 6 of the chicks flew about 15 minutes and 3 flew in formation behind one wing most of the 30 minutes.
Excellent training day!   Very Happy

The most important part of training is  FOLLOW ME!
The chicks must all follow the trike from Wisconsin to Florida.

Aug 22, 2013
Today was the most - interesting - training day.
Training for the group of 8 was short.
Fog delay, then pilot Richard took 7 crane chix for about 5 minute flight.
All 8 took off with him but #9, the youngest, dropped out quickly.
Workers penned the other 7.
Then Richard took that one on a solo flight and spent 5 minutes in air.
They really look pretty in flight!

NBG, Richmond and Decorah eagles
I was paging thru past years, some nice pics here
Ah memories!
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about2340.html


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NOTE to HUNTERS!
Please ALWAYS ID your target - BEFORE shooting!


Sandhill Crane hunting likely in Tennessee
15 states in the U.S. already have sandhill crane hunting seasons.
People eat cranes as we do ducks, pheasants, deer or fish.
This is not a killing sport.  It is feeding families in hard economic times.

Sandhill cranes are NOT endagered - but whoopers are!
Whooping Crane chicks get shot - which are the same cinnamon color as the sandhills.

NOTE to HUNTERS!
Please ALWAYS ID your target - BEFORE shooting!


Tennessee may have a hunting season for sandhill cranes.
Wildlife officials, hunters, wildlife watchers and conservationists gathered inKnoxville to consider whether or not to
hunt sandhill cranes during a 3-year experimental season in SE Tennessee.

Wildlife Management approved a recommendation to hunt sandhill cranes beginning this Fall 2013.
The issue will be voted on by the full commission, passage seems likely.
888 of 1,073 people who submitted their opinion were opposed to a hunting season.
(presumably on cranes, altho far too many birdies dont even like target practice, let alone any hunting of anything.)

TWRA biologists proposed a shortened with reduced shooting hours to compromise with opponents
on whether to allow hunting of sandhill cranes in Tennessee.

Dr. Robert Brewer, president of the Cleveland State Community College Wildlife Society said hunting and crane viewing can occur together.
Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge only exists because of hunters' dollars who have provided the habitat and maintence of this area that attracted the cranes.

Opponents fear that even limited hunting could lead to inadvertent kills of whooping cranes,
a federally endangered species
, which migrates through the area right with the sandhills.

Who could mistake the WHITE whooper and the BROWN sandhill you ask?
I ask - who could mistake prey target from a human?  Can I give you - Dick Cheney?  Please.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Cheney_hunting_incident


TN Ornithological Society does NOT support the sandhill crane hunting season.
There are only 104 whooping cranes in the entire East, and most migrate through Tennessee.
While adult whooping cranes are almost solid white, juvenile whooping cranes and sandhills have very similar plummage
and are hard to identify in the field.

SUPPORT
A farmer spoke out in support of a hunting season. He is a hunter and owns a farm adjacent to the refuge.
He plants 80-100 acres of crops every year. Sandhill cranes damage his crops.

Wildlife commissioners need to base their decisions on the best management practices and not on emotions or public opinion.
http://www.newschannel9.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_6741.shtml

Tennessee Wildlife Regulators Pass Historic Sandhill Crane Hunting Season
Aug 23, 2013 noon
Knoxville, TN (WTVC-TV) - Tennessee will have the first sandhill crane in the state beginning Nov. 28, 2013.
The historic step  has been down a tumultuous and controversial path however.
Very nice photo of a flock of sandies in flight.
http://www.newschannel9.com/news/...l-crane-hunting-season-6748.shtml

Lead poisoning in the wild - from bullets
Also windmills etc
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about2015.html


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aug 23, 2013
Training in the fog!
 Pilot tume today is - Brooke?
Just before 7 am the trike arrived, and all 8 chicks followed him - out of cam view.
One was pretty far behind - but following.
They were all 8 in flight about 10 minutes - no one kept exact time.
Then pilot walked them for a cool down, and fed them grapes on the ground.
Then back up for a 3 minutes flight.
On the runway they jump around excitedly, curious, playful, some aggression.
http://www.ustream.tv/migratingcranes

Aug. 23 training video
Watch them take off into the mist.  WOW!
 Very Happy
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/37688241

Cute videos of cranes past years

Whooping Cranes Devour Pumpkin
Oct 19, 2011
video
During the southward Whooping crane migration, the cranes are often provided with pumpkins as a form of enrichment.
These orange balls provide hours of exploration and consumption and help to alleviate boredom during times when the weather keeps the migration grounded.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GiaGVGv95c

Operation Migration Safeguarding Whooping cranes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouCzFvENDdY
http://www.operationmigration.org

Young Whooping Cranes
The Class of 2011
gets out for some stretch time after being grounded for 11 days at their first migration stopover -
only 5 miles from where they began their 1285 mile journey
Watch the 'tume' - the man in a white costume - jump around playing with them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyhaZ6dyG_U


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aug 24, 2013    
Richard is our pilot today, and all 8 took off nicely, 7 returned.
The 7 were up flying for 8 minutes, from 7.07 to 7.15 am.
Chick 9 dropped out, he is the youngest, but only by 5 days.
They flew nicely, 4 on each side
Richard turns and cuts the corner in flight to let them catch up
It looks DANGEROUS for Richard to fly SO LOW, but he is very experienced.

7:12 elfruler posted
I've been surprised all season so far at how quickly pilots will move the burds to something new - lifting off, making circuits, staying in the air, etc.

colleen replied
I think that is kinda the trick to it - once they start flying they need to get them away from the runway where it's easy to drop out

Aug 24  training video with Richard
Trike arrives about 1/4 of the way into video, 8 chicks come out and 8 follow.
He flies far and one dropped out again and was lost - well - he knew where he was.
Richard penned the other 7 and flew off to gather in the lost one, like a Good Shepherd.
Lo and behold, lil Lost One was awaitin on the trike on the runway when he got back. Haha! ... err ...  peep peep!
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/37732655

Over 200 whooping cranes winter in Texas

Nice conservation video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it1k7p6QwGE

Whooping Crane Migration
2007 crane migration with Joe Duff
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGX52B9iXXU

Operation Migration Whooping Cranes
Nov. 23, 2012 FINAL FLIGHT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx6w_nAnnLM&feature=em-uploademail

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aug 27, 2013
Training cancelled again due to winds aloft.  Richard tried but too rough.

Crane Training Update by Captain Heather (I edited, click link)
Saturday (Aug. 24) was the last time the Whooping crane Class of 2013 went through their paces with the aircraft and all 8 were airborne for a total of 12 minutes in two flights. The first flight lasted 8 minutes and after a brief rest and some grapes as treats, Richard took off with them again for a 4 minute tour around White River Marsh.

Just before he landed with them on the runway adjacent their enclosure, chick #7-13 decided he’d had enough and landed out in the marsh.
The rest were led into the pen and Richard was airborne again to find the dropout and guiding him back home.
However about 30 seconds after he took to the air, #7-13 came cruising in from the south end of the field and landed right next to the enclosure.
http://operationmigration.org/InT.../2013/08/27/crane-training-update


Audubon mag August 2013
SAVING NORTH AMERICA's TALLEST BIRD
WHOOPING CRANE
recovery is one of conservation's great successes.
TEXAS February 12, 2013 Audubon was cruising the Intracoastal Waterway near the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas Gulf Coast.
The refuge helps sustain somewhere between 178 and 362 whooping cranes.  (Too big to count?   LOL! )
These birds migrate from breeding grounds in northern Canada to wintering habitat here in south Texas.
http://www.audubonmagazine.org/ar...ving-north-america-s-tallest-bird
http://www.audubonmagazine.org/magazine-issues/july-august-2013

Whooping Cows?
A boy/girl pair of endangered Whooping cranes have returned twice consecutively and independently to a Cow Pond.
SouthWood have a mission to protect this pair of whoopers and preserve their habitat.
Large in size and named for their distinctive whooping call, Whooping cranes are migratory birds that summer in Canada and Wisconsin, and fly south for the winter to places like Texas and Florida.
As for the pair of Whooping cranes in SouthWood ... they have decamped to their summer home in Wisconsin. Reproduction is anticipated; and, according to Lou Kellenberger of the refuge, eggs have been laid up north.
http://www.tallahasseemagazine.co...ing-Cranes-in-SouthWood/index.php

Mid East Bird migrations
AUDUBON June 2013
Israel is one of the best hot spots in the world for bird migrations.
Israel and Jordan sit at the junction of 3 continents. About 540 bird species can be spotted.
http://www.audubonmagazine.org/ar...lict-plagued-israel-and-palestine


Sandhill Crane Hunt in TN Approved
Tennessee Fish and Wildlife voted unanimously in favor of a limited Sandhill crane hunt in their state,
which will begin November 28 and run through to January 1, 2014.
http://operationmigration.org/InT...andhill-crane-hunt-in-tn-approved


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aug 29, 2013
Thick FOG again -  Trike arrived for training just before 9:00 am - very late - but a beautiful day
WHO is training WHO?  Chix loosed from the pen - and took off  -  without the trike!
They did return and the trike got airborn with 5 chicks. Richard swung around and picked up the 3 others for a short flight.
All 8 flew maybe 3 minutes - I didnt time it.  Very short training.
HeatherRayOM said the flight was short because of humidity - it was difficult to breathe.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sept 3, 2013
Morning fog today, so the trike didnt arrive until 7.15 but over 100 people watching were so delighted to see it!
Brooke is off into the mist with 8 crane chicks on his tail!  Very Happy
Brooke is the pilot.  He took off at 7.17 am with 8 chicks, 5 dropt out, 3 kept following and they landed at  7.25 after an 8 minute flight.
8 minites on the first flight.  After a few grapes and a break, he took off again.
Brooke landed after 6 minutes - with just one bird


Crane Training Update by Heather
Sep 3
Since August 25th wind has been the word du jour, with one brief exception on August 29th, when, after a long fog delay the cranes were able to get airborne briefly with the aircraft. On that day training didn’t begin until 8:45am and conditions quickly deteriorated so Richard did one circuit with the young birds before landing.

This morning Brooke launched with all 8 cranes and flew for 5 minutes with the entire group.
Upon making a pass by their enclosure, 5 landed, while 3 others continued on following the trike out over the marsh to the north of the pen and back, making their flight 8 minutes in total.

After a brief rest and some grapes were dispensed, Brooke took off again, this time for an additional 3 minutes of flight time.
Click link for images by Tom Schultz as he and Geoff hid inside the crane enclosure.
http://operationmigration.org/InT...013/09/03/crane-training-update-2


Sept 4, 2013    
6.45 - 6.59  Brook is the pilot, almost 15 minutes in the air.  4 birds stayed with him, the other 4 dropt out
.
Some said a sandhill crane, others said a blue heron flew in.
Rather distracting for the youngsters.



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