Project Update: July 27, 2015
The hybrid crane colt captured last week is safe and was transferred to the Milwaukee County Zoo, where it will be housed at the facility - together with their lone sandhill crane. There will be no experiments performed on this chick, and we are confident that its well-being is secure.
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Project Update: July 22, 2015
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) and staff with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have captured a hybrid crane chick, referred to as a ‘Whoophill,’ in eastern Wisconsin and will place the chick in captivity. Whoophills are a result of a successful pairing between a Whooping crane and a Sandhill crane. This young hybrid was first noticed at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Dodge County, Wisconsin in late May.
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Project Update: May 28 to June 30, 2015
It’s been a very busy month! We’ve had a bumper crop of chicks, a new “species” for the state of Wisconsin, and the 2014 Cohort birds – both Ultralight and Parent-Reared – have been stretching their wings and wandering far and wide. Many thanks to our crane trackers at ICF, as well as Heather Ray, Wisconsin DNR pilots Bev Paulan and Mike Callahan, and the volunteers and public all working to help us keep an eye on our birds wherever they may roam.
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Nesting Summary as of June 30, 2015
Project Update: May 5 to 28, 2015
Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 93 birds (52 males, 41 females). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period included 90 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 1 in Michigan, 1 in Indiana and 1 in Alabama. This total does not include 9 newly hatched chicks.
News Release: First wild whoopers hatch in 2015; record nests spur hopes of more young
NECEDAH, WI - The first wild whooping crane chicks have hatched in Wisconsin and are lifting hopes that a record number of Wisconsin nests may yield more chicks this year and increase the chances they’ll survive and eventually help build a self-sustaining population of endangered whooping cranes in eastern North America.
A chick hatched on May 3 and at least three more hatched over the Mother’s Day weekend, all at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. More chicks are expected to hatch in the coming weeks, potentially adding up to one of the best years given a record 31 nests in Wisconsin this spring, according to reports by researchers using airplanes and ground observations to monitor nests.
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Project Update: April 1 to May 4, 2015
Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 95 birds (53 males, 42 females). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period included 90 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 1 in Illinois, 1 in Michigan, 1 in Indiana, 1 in Kentucky and 1 at an unknown location or not recently reported. Two long term missing birds are now considered dead and have been removed from the population totals above.
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2015 Nesting Summary through April (PDF)