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  • WCEP: Project Update March 1 to April 30, 2014
    nesting summary document 2012 Cohort No 4 12 began migration from the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Wakulla County Florida on 21 March He was next reported in Green Lake County Wisconsin on 2 April No 5 12 left the pensite a the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Wakulla County Florida on 5 February He was next reported in Green Lake County Wisconsin on 2 April No 7 12 began migration from the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama with nos 17 07 6 11 15 11 and 59 13 on 5 March Satellite readings from no 15 11 placed them in Hardin Chester Counties Tennessee that night They continued north to Jasper County Illinois on 11 March Tazewell County Illinois on 15 March and Woodford County Illinois on 17 March They arrived in Dane County Wisconsin on 18 March No 7 12 apparently followed pair nos 6 11 and 15 11 to Wood County Wisconsin on 21 March where she remains No 11 12 left the St Marks NWR pensite in Wakulla County Florida on 9 February 2013 No subsequent reports see below No 14 12 remained in Brevard County Florida through at least 27 March No subsequent reports No 15 12 was reported possibly leaving on migration with sandhill cranes from Hendry County Florida in late February or early March 2013 No subsequent reports see below No 16 12 remained in Jackson County Indiana through last report on 21 March He was next reported in Jasper County Indiana on 29 March Dane County Wisconsin on 7 April Green Lake County on 9 April and Columbia County on 10 and 11 April No subsequent reports 2013 Cohort Direct Autumn Release No 57 13 remained in Jackson County Indiana through at least last report on 15 March He was next reported in St Joseph County Indiana on 20 March Green Lake County Wisconsin on 18 April and Shawano Outagamie Counties later that same day He remains in the Shawano County area No 59 13 began migration from the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Morgan County Alabama on 5 March with whooping cranes nos 17 07 6 11 15 11 and 7 12 Satellite readings from no 15 11 placed them in Hardin Chester Counties Tennessee that night They continued north to Jasper County Illinois on 11 March Tazewell County Illinois on 15 March and Woodford County Illinois on 17 March They arrived in Dane County Wisconsin on 18 March where the older birds split from no 59 13 who remains in the area Ultralight The eight juveniles in the ultralight cohort began migration from the pensite at the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Wakulla County Florida on 31 March No 3 13 apparently split from the other seven birds sometime prior to their stopover in Daviess County Kentucky No subsequent reports Nos 1 2 4 5 7 8 and 9 13 roosted in Barbour County Alabama on the night of 31 March and arrived in Daviess County Kentucky by roost on

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  • WCEP: Project Update December 16, 2013 to February 18, 2014
    13 and 54 13 died in Tazewell County Illinois sometime in late December to mid January Scattered feathers and the radio transmitter of no 51 13 were discovered on 17 January however due to snow and ice at the location the remains of the others have yet to be located Based on satellite readings from no 54 13 her death may have occurred on 27 December 1 January The signal for female no 35 09 was detected in Greene County Indiana during an aerial survey flight on 12 February and her remains were collected from this location on 19 February 2012 Cohort Nos 4 12 and 5 12 remained on the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Wakulla County Florida throughout the report period No 7 12 remained at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama throughout the report period No 11 12 left the St Marks NWR pensite in Wakulla County Florida on 9 February 2013 No subsequent reports see below No 14 12 remained in Brevard County Florida through at least last report on 13 February No 15 12 was reported possibly leaving on migration with sandhill cranes from Hendry County Florida in late February or early March 2013 No subsequent reports see below No 16 12 remained at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama until beginning migration on 16 25 February He was reported in Jackson County Indiana on 26 February 2013 Cohort Direct Autumn Release Nos 50 51 and 54 13 were last seen alive in Mason County Illinois on 24 December 2013 All three died in nearby Tazewell County after this sighting see above No 57 13 remained near the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Meigs County Tennessee until beginning migration from this location on 17 18 February He was reported in Jackson County Indiana on 19

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  • WCEP: Project Update Nov. 15 to Dec. 15, 2013
    reported without her at their previous wintering location in Gibson County Indiana on 9 November and was recently seen with a different female Female wild hatched juvenile no W3 13 was last observed with her parents in Wayne County Illinois during an aerial survey flight on 11 December On 13 December also during a flight the adults signals were located approximately 3 5 miles to the south of the signal of the juvenile The adults have since been observed alone multiple times in the area A ground search has so far come up empty No W3 13 has been removed from the population totals above 2012 Cohort Direct Autumn Release DAR No 14 12 was last reported in Jackson County Michigan on 28 October No subsequent reports No 15 12 was reported possibly leaving on migration with sandhill cranes from Hendry County Florida in late No 16 12 began migration from Columbia County Wisconsin on 22 23 November He was confirmed at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama on 4 December but had likely arrived prior to confirmation He remains in the area Ultralight UL Nos 4 12 and 5 12 were reported in Pulaski County Illinois on 15 26 November They were next reported on the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Wakulla County Florida on 7 December where they remained through at least last report on 13 December No 7 12 was confirmed on the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama on 4 December but had likely arrived prior to confirmation She had last been observed in Winnebago County Wisconsin on 2 October No 11 12 left the St Marks NWR pensite in Wakulla County Florida on 9 February No subsequent reports see below 2013 Cohort DAR Nos 52 55 and 56 13 were discovered dead during the report period see mortality section above Nos 50 51 and 54 13 began migration from the Horicon NWR Dodge County WI on 11 December They were detected in flight in Ogle County Illinois later that day and had arrived in Mason County Illinois by the night of 12 December They were observed together at this location during an aerial survey on 13 December Based on satellite readings from no 54 13 they remained in the area through at least roost on 16 December No 57 13 began migration from the Horicon NWR Dodge County WI on 15 17 November He was reported in Meigs County Tennessee on the evening of 20 November and remains in the area No 59 13 was initially detected heading south with juveniles nos 50 51 and 54 13 on 11 December but separated from them and returned to the Horicon NWR where she was captured She was held overnight at the International Crane Foundation and transported south to the Wheeler NWR in Alabama the next day where she was released near other cranes both sandhill and whooping She remains in the area UL The eight juveniles that departed from the White River Marsh State Wildlife

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  • WCEP: Project Update September 1 to November 14, 2013
    reported without her at their previous wintering location in Gibson County Indiana on 9 November and was recently seen with a different female Female wild hatched juvenile no W3 13 was last observed with her parents in Wayne County Illinois during an aerial survey flight on 11 December On 13 December also during a flight the adults signals were located approximately 3 5 miles to the south of the signal of the juvenile The adults have since been observed alone multiple times in the area A ground search has so far come up empty No W3 13 has been removed from the population totals above 2012 Cohort Direct Autumn Release DAR No 14 12 was last reported in Jackson County Michigan on 28 October No subsequent reports No 15 12 was reported possibly leaving on migration with sandhill cranes from Hendry County Florida in late No 16 12 began migration from Columbia County Wisconsin on 22 23 November He was confirmed at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama on 4 December but had likely arrived prior to confirmation He remains in the area Ultralight UL Nos 4 12 and 5 12 were reported in Pulaski County Illinois on 15 26 November They were next reported on the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Wakulla County Florida on 7 December where they remained through at least last report on 13 December No 7 12 was confirmed on the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama on 4 December but had likely arrived prior to confirmation She had last been observed in Winnebago County Wisconsin on 2 October No 11 12 left the St Marks NWR pensite in Wakulla County Florida on 9 February No subsequent reports see below 2013 Cohort DAR Nos 52 55 and 56 13 were discovered dead during the report period see mortality section above Nos 50 51 and 54 13 began migration from the Horicon NWR Dodge County WI on 11 December They were detected in flight in Ogle County Illinois later that day and had arrived in Mason County Illinois by the night of 12 December They were observed together at this location during an aerial survey on 13 December Based on satellite readings from no 54 13 they remained in the area through at least roost on 16 December No 57 13 began migration from the Horicon NWR Dodge County WI on 15 17 November He was reported in Meigs County Tennessee on the evening of 20 November and remains in the area No 59 13 was initially detected heading south with juveniles nos 50 51 and 54 13 on 11 December but separated from them and returned to the Horicon NWR where she was captured She was held overnight at the International Crane Foundation and transported south to the Wheeler NWR in Alabama the next day where she was released near other cranes both sandhill and whooping She remains in the area UL The eight juveniles that departed from the White River Marsh State Wildlife

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  • WCEP: Project Update June 16 to August 31, 2013
    2 long term missing Mortality The remains of female no 13 12 were collected in Dane County Wisconsin on 18 July Death had likely occurred on or around 17 June Her remains were sent to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison for necropsy The remains of male no 17 10 were collected on his summering territory on the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Juneau County Wisconsin on 20 August Based on tracking data death likely had occurred between 2 23 July He was in molt at the time of his death Suspected Mortality Female no 15 04 nonfunctional transmitter has not been observed since 11 May A single bird was observed on territory on 14 May and her mate no 5 05 was confirmed alone on their territory on the Necedah NWR on 21 June A bird with a nonfunctional transmitter assumed to be no 5 05 has consistently been observed with female no 23 10 on nos 5 05 and 15 04 s old territory No 15 04 has been removed from the population totals above Reproduction Pair nos 28 08 and 5 10 lost their chick no W1 13 between the afternoon of 26 June and the afternoon of 2 July at 36 42 days of age Pair nos 9 03 and 3 04 hatched one chick from their renest no W3 13 that currently survives A final nesting summary can be found here 2012 Cohort Direct Autumn Release DAR No 13 12 remained in Dane County Wisconsin until her death around 17 June see above No 14 12 the crane reported in Lenawee County Michigan on 14 June was later confirmed as no 14 12 He remained in the area throughout the report period No 15 12 was reported possibly leaving on migration with sandhill cranes

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  • WCEP: Project Update May 2 to June 15, 2013
    February of 2012 is now considered dead and is not included in the population totals above An unidentified whooping crane was reported in Lenawee County Michigan on 14 June Mortality The heavily scavenged carcass of female no 37 09 was collected on her summering territory in Juneau County Wisconsin on 12 May Based on tracking data death occurred on 8 9 May Her remains were sent to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison for necropsy Reproduction Twenty pairs were confirmed with nests between 15 and 29 April One nest was successful and hatched out two chicks One chick no W1 13 still survives and the second disappeared on 26 29 May Three additional nests two renests and one late first nest were initiated between 25 and 31 May Nesting Summary Injury Male no 1 01 was reported with an injury to his right eye on 14 June however it appears that he has improved since the initial observation 2012 Cohort Direct Autumn Release DAR No 13 12 remained in Dane County Wisconsin throughout the report period No 14 12 was reported in Allegan County Michigan through at least 1 May He then moved south into LaPorte County Indiana by 2 June and remained in the area through at least last report on 7 June No 15 12 was reported possibly leaving on migration with sandhill cranes from Hendry County Florida in late February or early March No subsequent reports No 16 12 remained in Dodge County Wisconsin throughout the report period Ultralight UL Nos 4 12 and 5 12 left Sauk County Wisconsin between 25 27 April They were found in Dane County on 12 May and had moved to Green Lake County by 7 June No 7 12 remained in Sauk County Wisconsin through at least 18

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  • WCEP: Project Update May 2 to June 15, 2013
    term missing Male 13 11 who has been missing since fall migration 2011 is now considered dead and is not included in the population totals above Mortality The carcass of female no 9 10 was collected on her summering territory in Adams County Wisconsin on 25 April Death likely occurred around 19 April Her remains were sent to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison for necropsy Reproduction Twenty pairs were confirmed with nests between 15 and 29 April A list of nesting pairs and estimated initiation dates can be found here 2012 Cohort Direct Autumn Release DAR No 13 12 began migration from the Hiwassee WR in Tennessee on 23 April PTT readings placed her in Orange Martin Counties Indiana that night She continued north into Putnam County Indiana on 24 25 April and completed migration to Dane County Wisconsin on 1 May No 14 12 remained with sandhill cranes in Volusia County Florida through at least last report on 18 April He was reported in Berrien County Michigan on 23 April and moved to Allegan County Michigan by 30 April where he remains No 15 12 was reported possibly leaving on migration with sandhill cranes from Hendry County Florida in late February or early March No subsequent reports No 16 12 remained in Hendry County Florida through at least last report on 9 April He was next reported in Dodge County Wisconsin on 29 April where he remains Ultralight UL Nos 4 12 5 12 and 7 12 left the pensite at the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Wakulla County Florida on 10 March They were reported in Sauk County Wisconsin on 19 April Female no 7 12 sustained an injury to her left leg foot but has steadily been improving Nos 4 12 and 5 12

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  • WCEP: Project Update March 6 to April 3, 2013
    not been reported for over one month are at unknown locations or that are long term missing It does include birds that may have left wintering or migration stopover locations within the last couple of days General Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 108 birds 56 males and 52 females Estimated distribution at the end of the report period or last record included 84 whooping cranes in Wisconsin 2 in Illinois 8 in Indiana 1 in Tennessee 3 in Florida 6 at unknown locations and 4 long term missing 2011 Cohort Estimated distribution at the end of the report period is as follows 14 in Wisconsin 1 in Florida 1 in Illinois and 1 long term missing 2012 Cohort Direct Autumn Release DAR No 13 12 remains in Meigs Rhea Counties Tennessee with a couple of sandhill cranes No 14 12 remained with sandhill cranes in Volusia County Florida through at least last report on 28 March No 15 12 was reported possibly leaving on migration with sandhill cranes from Hendry County Florida in late February or early March No subsequent reports No 16 12 was relocated in Hendry County Florida on 24 March and remained through at least last report on 27 March Ultralight UL Nos 4 12 5 12 and 7 12 left the pensite at the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Wakulla County Florida on 10 March No subsequent reports No 11 12 left the pensite on 9 February No subsequent reports Long Term Missing Male no 13 11 DAR was last detected migrating south over NE Illinois on 29 November 2011 Female no 3 10 was last detected on her wintering grounds in Marion County Florida on 22 February 2012 Male no 12 07 was last observed

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