Captive Whooping Cranes Released into the Wild: Efforts continue to increase population of endangered bird
September 20, 2014
USFWS News Release
NECEDAH, Wisc. – Four whooping crane chicks raised in captivity begin their integration into the wild today as part of the continuing effort to increase the wild population of this endangered species.
The cranes, hatched and raised by their parents at the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland, were released on the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Wisconsin.
Project Update: July 16 to August 15, 2014
Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 96 birds (55 males, 40 females and 1 unknown). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period included 93 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 1 in Indiana, 1 in Illinois and 1 long term missing. This total includes 1 surviving wild-hatched chick.
August 12 , 2014, Project Update
Eva Szyszkoski, WCEP Tracking Field Manager confirmed that wild-hatched Whooping crane chick #W3-14 has officially FLEDGED! Eva was able to capture this stunning photograph as evidence and to share with everyone.
Project Update: June 15 to July 15, 2014
Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 95 birds (55 males and 40 females). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period included 92 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 1 in Indiana, 1 in Illinois and 1 long term missing. This total does not include 1 wild-hatched chick.
USFWS News Release: Reward Offered in Indiana Whooping Crane Case
June 26, 2014
In partnership with Indiana Department of Natural Resources TIP Advisory Board, we are looking for information regarding a federally and state-protected whooping crane that is believed to have been shot in southern Greene County, Indiana, near the White River around late December 2013.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.
USFWS News Release: Foster a Land Ethic That Would Make Aldo Leopold Proud
June 23, 2014
Wisconsin is home to a long legacy of ethical hunters and bird enthusiasts that dates back to before Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac of the mid-1900s. In the spirit of Leopold’s land ethic, we need your help.
You can help us, and our conservation partners, dispel the myth of the fabled “white sandhills” or albino sandhill cranes in Wisconsin. In a recent case, the claim of this myth lead to the loss of a federally endangered whooping crane that conservation agencies and groups have been fighting to bring back from extinction. Learn the difference between endangered whooping cranes and sandhill cranes, and do not take the law into your own hands.
The case in question dates back to July 21, 2013, when researchers with the International Crane Foundation based in Baraboo, Wisconsin found the radio-tagged whooping crane dead in a Waupaca County wheat field. Our forensics specialists conducted a necropsy at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory and confirmed that the crane had been shot and killed with a .22-caliber bullet.
Project Update: May 1 to June 15, 2014
Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 95 birds (55 males and 40 females). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period included 91 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 1 in Minnesota, 1 in Indiana, 1 not reported since spring migration and 1 long term missing. This total does not include 3 newly hatched chicks. Female no. 11-12 and male no. 15-12 who have both been missing since late winter 2013 are now considered dead and have been removed from the population totals above.