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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:11 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Whoopsie Has a New Home
Oct. 1, 2015 -  The captive crane flock at the International Crane Foundation has a new member – The Whooping-Sandhill Crane hybrid chick that hatched earlier this year in eastern Wisconsin has been transferred to their headquarters from the Milwaukee County Zoo, where it was temporarily housed this summer.

The chick will be placed in quarantine for 30 days and then housed off exhibit in ICF’s Crane City. The husbandry staff at ICF will provide excellent care for the young crane as it continues to mature, and they hope to pair it with an existing bird in their collection for companionship.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

USFWS Recommends Ending Aircraft-Guided Migration
Oct. 24, 2015
 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted their vision for the next 5 years for the Whooping Cranes.  They proposed radical changes including ending UL, ultralight-guided migration in favor of DAR.  It was posted publicly after it was shared with the WCEP Guidance Team and well before any final decisions have been made.
http://operationmigration.org/InT...-ending-aircraft-guided-migration

You can page thru my 2 links on cranes and make your own decision.
It was very difficult for me to get hold of data for this thread.

Whooping Cranes Operation Migration
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about4464.html

The mods OM has are very quick to ban me, and do NOT like me in their chat.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whooping cranes in the EMP
November 27, 2015   Wild Cranes Migration report = * denotes female


14 whoopers in Greene County, Indiana.  They are: 17-07*/10-09, 12-02/4-11* and 19-10, 13-03*/9-05, 36-09*/18-03, 24-13, 18-09/23-10* and 34-09*/4-08.

The family unit consisting of 9-03 and 3-04* with the wild produced chick W18-15 is in Wayne County, Illinois. Interesting to note that during our flight from Cumberland County to our migration stop in Wayne County, we flew approximately 7 miles from the small wetland where this family is. Even more interesting is that W18-15 and ultralight crane 8-15* are full siblings. Number 8-15 came from the forced re-nesting study at Necedah and resulted from the first clutch of eggs this past spring being collected for use in the reintroduction. (Thanks PCW!).

Wisconsin DNR pilot Bev Paulan flew her final aerial survey of the season Nov. 24th and reported seeing only 3 Whooping cranes. They were: 16-12, 17-11*/19-11 – all in Juneau County, Wisconsin.

Over in the Wisconsin Rectangle, DNR pilot Michael Callahan flew a survey yesterday and spotted 27-14* as well as six (6) of this year’s Direct Autumn Release cohort at/near Horicon marsh in Dodge County. Five members of the cohort are together and include: 61*,62,63,65*,67-15*. The sixth youngster is 68-15* was spotted in a flock of ~100 Sandhill cranes.

Mike also reported seeing DAR colt 66-15* in Calumet County, Wisconsin.  The eighth DAR crane (64-15*) from the 2015 cohort departed on migration a few days ago and the whereabouts are unknown. Her signal was last heard as she traveled over Madison, WI, however trackers were unable to locate her due to traffic and snow.

Four of the six 2014 ultralight Whooping cranes have PTT devices, which we get information on a couple times each week. We know for sure that 3-14* and 10-14* are currently in Jenkins County, Georgia. We cannot definitively say that 4-14 (Peanut) and 4-12 are traveling with them, however, considering the number of weeks this group of four spent together near White River Marsh in the late summer/early fall, it’s likely.

The last PTT hit we received on number 8-14 placed her in Hamilton County, Tennessee earlier this week.

4 Whooping cranes were foraging near the winter release pen at St Marks in Wakulla County, Florida!
The group consists of: 7-14*, 9-14* and two males: 5-12 and 4-13.
http://operationmigration.org/InT...5/11/26/where-the-wild-cranes-are
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad  Sad note
Sad  Marsha, Whooping crane #10 crosses Rainbow Bridge
January 1, 2016
  St Marks discovered the remains of Marsha, female Whooping crane #10-14 near the winter pen.
Called Marsha for her propensity to wander off into the marsh, she continued to occasionally wander away from the other cranes.  Her remains will be sent to the Lab in Madison, WI for necropsy.
http://operationmigration.org/InT...2016/01/04/sad-news-from-st-marks
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Sad  Another Loss Feb. 2, 2016
Crane #9-14 was  predated at St. Marks NWR by a bobcat.
Her sister #10-14 (Marsha) was predated January 1st.
The OM team will attempt to capture the bobcat and release it elsewhere.

The Royal Couple
Whooping crane #3-14. She and male #4-12 had been at the winter pen area and had been associating with both 9-14 & 10-14.
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2016/02/02/sadly-another-loss
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#9 obituary
#9 was called TIMID and had a yellow band.  She was one of those OM experimented with putting a backpack on her.  This test did not work.  At the end of June, 2014 Geoff, the volunteer costumed handler, wrote about #9
"She?s a bird who loves her space more than life itself, and any bird who?s in her three-foot bubble is in for a bad time. She?ll peck or chase them out of her comfort zone." Luckily, she's fine once the others get away from her. She has a lot to be sunny about, as her tough attitude has landed her the top spot in the pecking order. The chicks do their best to stay out of her way.

By mid-November the chatroom was calling #9  Luna cuz she is a little - looney
Class of 2014 - my notes
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great MAP!
Northward Migration Progress
April 5, 2016
-  Our group of 5 young Whooping cranes continued north to Gibson County, Indiana.  The lone female #2-15 appears to have stayed put in Jasper County, Indiana.
http://operationmigration.org/InT...4/05/northward-migration-progress


Smile   9-13 crossed Rainbow Bridge
April 5, 2016
 -  The remains of male Whooping crane 9-13 have been found.
He had been killed in Marquette County in November 2015.
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2016/04/05/some-sad-news
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Plan for 2016
April, 2016  Pilot Joe Duff  (edit, click link)

Fish and Wildlife Service ended the UL release method 2016 January.
All future releases must maximize chick/parent association, the first question to answer was how that would affect the captive breeding centers that must provide the chicks.

Parent reared birds are wanted.
Louisiana still wants costume reared birds.

Captive breeding pairs often produce more than the normal two eggs. The first clutch is taken. Just prior to the emergence of Black flies, they are going to pull the eggs from half of the active nests in hopes those pairs will try again. That second clutch is generally laid after the black flies are gone.

All the success we have had with wild breeding so far has been the result of late or second nest attempts. It is hoped that these birds will still be influenced by the hormones that drive nesting, nurturing and defensive behavior.

The second target will be young, inexperienced pairs that have failed at their first attempt to breed.  Any PR chicks will be released near single or groups of unpaired adult Whooping cranes.

Releasing 15 birds will take a lot of manpower to manage. OM will assist as needed, plus track some of those birds as they move south. This spring we will be tracking and monitoring pairs around White River and Horicon to see if we actually do have some young pairs and what happens to any eggs they might produce. In addition, we will assist in replacing non-functioning tracking devices. Some birds need to be captured and their devices replaced.

Brooke will be heading north this weekend and Heather and I will head out to Wisconsin later this week.  Rather than watch the behavior of birds in the pen every day we will spend more time watching the wild, post release birds

and we will take you along with us.
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2016/04/11/the-plan-for-2016
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hurricane Hermine hits Florida
Sep 2, 2016  Panhandle
 -  Category 1 Hurricane Hermine 80 mph winds made landfall near St. Marks, Big Bend.  Evacuations are underway and a state of emergency has been declared in 51 counties across Florida.  Tallahassee hadnt been hit by a hurricane since Kate in 1985.  Hermine is moving northeast at 14 mph toward Georgia, the Carolinas and up the East Coast.

Storm is flooding streets, toppling trees and knocking down power lines.  The storm struck where the Florida peninsula meets the panhandle. Power was out for 32,000 customers in Tallahassee.  6,000 National Guard are ready to mobilize after the storm passes. The governors of Georgia and North Carolina declared states of emergency.
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about3350.html


I hope the whooping cranes at St Marks are ok!
I forgot - the cranes are in Wisconsin in the summer!
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Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote




Heather Ray article on shooting
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2017/01/04/another-shooting

Female whooping crane number 4-11 has apparently been shot at her winter location in southwest Indiana.  She was a mother last spring for the first time. Here is a link to her biography on Journey North.
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/11/BandingCodes1104.html

In order to help catch the individual responsible, Indiana DNR Law District 5 asked this information be shared, and if anyone has any information about the poaching to contact the Indiana Conservation Officer Dispatch at 812-837-9536.

Indiana paper article
http://wthitv.com/2017/01/03/indi...ing-crane-killed-in-greene-county


January 2017 Monthly Update
Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes
. In the last month most Whooping Cranes have begun migration or reached their wintering areas. A huge thank-you to the staff of Operation Migration, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Natural Resources, 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 104

The current maximum population size is 104 (48 F, 54 M, 2 U). As of 1 January, at least 35 Whooping Cranes have been confirmed in Indiana, 3 in Illinois, 6 in Kentucky, 7 in Tennessee, 28 in Alabama, 5 in Florida, 4 in Georgia, and 1 in Louisiana. The remaining birds’ locations have not been reported during December.
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2017/01/05/emp-monthly-update

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