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.
June 5, 2014 Project Update
Unfortunately, male whooping crane no. 1-01 was removed from the population on 28 May because of repeated inadequate and uncorrectable behaviors at the Volk Field National Guard Base. He was transferred to Zoo New England in Boston, Massachusetts, on 29 May where he will remain in captivity.
In a June 5th email from Zoo New England, officials tell us crane 1-01 is doing very well and seems to be a very calm bird.
First Whooping Crane of the Season Hatches at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
May 13, 2014
Whooping Crane Pair with Chick
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership and staff at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin are celebrating the first wild whooping crane chick of the 2014 season. The chick represents the latest success in the effort to sustain a wild migratory population of endangered whooping cranes in eastern North America.
The chick hatched May 8 at Necedah refuge from the first nest of the year. The chick’s parents are 13-03 (female) and 9-05 (male). The chick will be assigned the number W1-14: “W” for a wild chick, 1 for the first hatch of the year, and 14 for the year. The pair was first seen incubating on April 9, 2014.