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2014 News Releases and Announcements

 

September 20, 2014: Captive Whooping Cranes Released into the Wild: Efforts continue to increase population of endangered bird

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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.

 

June 26, 2014: USFWS News Release - Reward Offered in Indiana Whooping Crane Case

 

June 23, 2014: USFWS News Release - Foster a Land Ethic That Would Make Aldo Leopold Proud

 

May 13, 2014: First Whooping Crane of the Season Hatches at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

 

March 31, 2014: Whooping Crane Funding Comes to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge - - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release

 

Jan. 7, 2014: Endangered Whooping Cranes Arrive at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL on Aircraft-guided Flight

 

2013 News Releases and Announcements

 

Dec. 11, 2013: Direct Autumn Release Birds - - WCEP Statement

 

They are on the move! A lot has happened since our last update on the four Direct Autumn Release (DAR) Whooping Cranes remaining in central Wisconsin. WCEP staff traveled to Horicon National Wildlife Refuge early Wednesday morning to relocate the young cranes to a more suitable wintering area, but the cranes had other plans -- all four took wing on their own! Three of the cranes were confirmed in northern Illinois Wednesday afternoon, while the fourth, #59-13, decided to return to the refuge. She was transported to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday and released on the refuge. We will continue to track the three cranes on the move and will keep you updated on their progress as we know more.

 

Dec. 11, 2013: Direct Autumn Release Birds - - WCEP Statement

 

Thank you to everyone who has been following our updates on the Direct Autumn Release (DAR) Whooping Cranes. With the recent arrival of winter weather in Wisconsin, we’ve been monitoring the cranes at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on a daily basis.

 

Sadly, two additional DAR cranes have recently died. DAR Whooping Crane “Hawkeye” was found dead on December 4, and “Epstein” was found dead on December 7.  Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership members are deeply concerned about the welfare of the four remaining cranes at Horicon NWR. The partnership has been working around the clock this week to find the best solution for relocating the birds as soon as possible.

 

We greatly appreciate your concern and support as we work through the next step in this reintroduction effort.  We will continue to keep you updated on the health and status of the DAR birds. 

 

Nov. 15, 2013: Young Whooping Cranes Begin Fall Migration

 

Oct. 29, 2013: Young Whooping Cranes Begin Fall Migration

 

Sept. 9, 2013: Young Whooping Cranes Will Learn Migration Route from their Elders

 

August 29, 2013: Whooping Cranes Stay the Course When They Follow a Wise Old Bird - - University of Maryland News Release

 

May 22, 2013: Wild Whooping Crane Chick Hatches in Central Wisconsin

 

May 15, 2013: Partnership Study on Nesting Success of Eastern Migratory Whooping Cranes

 

April 10, 2013: 2013 Whooping Crane Spring Migration is Underway

 

Feb. 11, 2013: Injured Whooping Crane Released Back into the Wild at Hiwassee State Wildlife Refuge in Meigs County, Tennessee

 

Jan. 11, 2013: The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership Seeks Public Assistance Locating Missing Whooping Crane in Georgia

 

2012 News Releases and Announcements

 

Dec. 4, 2012: Citizen Tip Helps Close the Knox County Whooping Crane Case

 

Nov. 27, 2012: Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes Arrive at Wintering Destination in Florida

 

Nov. 14, 2012: Ultralight Whooping Cranes Soar into Walker County, Alabama on Their Way to Florida U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release

 

Oct. 31, 2012: Young Whooping Cranes Begin Fall Migration

 

Oct. 2, 2012: Endangered Whooping Cranes Depart on Ultralight-guided Flight to Florida

 

Sept. 7, 2012: Young Whooping Cranes Will Learn Migration Route from their Elders

 

June 27, 2012: Six Whooping Crane Chicks Arrive in Wisconsin for Ultralight Training

 

May 16, 2012: Investigation complete on whooping crane killing - - Indiana DNR News Release

 

May 1, 2012: Wild Whooping Crane Chick Hatches in Central Wisconsin

 

April 17, 2012: Spring Migration is Underway for the “Class of 2011” Whooping Cranes

 

April 16, 2012: Monthly Update for March: locations of eastern migratory population

 

April 10, 2012: Please Keep A Distance From Cranes

 

April 4, 2012: Operation Migration Granted FAA Exemption

 

March 29, 2012: Spring 2012 Nesting Update

 

Feb. 13, 2012: Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes Released at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Released crane photos and tagging at:  http://www1.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast/

 

Feb. 3, 2012: Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes will head to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

 

January 10 - FAA Grants Waiver Allowing Ultralight-led Migration to Continue

 

January 9 - Reward Fund Started for Indiana Whooping Crane Case

 

January 5 - Ultra-light-led Migration of Whooping Cranes on Hold in Alabama

 

 

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Alert Guard Call - mp3
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Contact - mp3
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Defense Call - mp3
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Flight Call - mp3
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Guard Call - mp3
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Unison Call - mp3
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Media Contacts

Joan Garland

International Crane Foundation

608-356-9462, x142
cell phone: 608-381-1262
e-mail: jgarland@savingcranes.org

 

Davin Lopez

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Office: (608) 266-0837

Cell: (262) 364-7568

e-mail: Davin.Lopez@Wisconsin.gov

 

Liz Condie

Operation Migration-USA Inc.

Office: 905-982-1096
Cell: 608-542-0829
e-mail: liz@operationmigration.org

 

Georgia Parham

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region

Phone: 812-334-4261 x203

e-mail: Georgia_Parham@fws.gov

 


 

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