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  • Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership - Home Page
    recently reported and 2 long term missing Mortalities The remains of male no 21 10 were discovered on his wintering territory in Meigs County Tennessee on 10 February Based on tracking information death likely had occurred on 2 February The remains of Direct Autumn Release juveniles nos 12 12 male and 17 12 female were collected from their wintering territory in Hendry County Florida in mid February Death had likely occurred in late December or January All remains were sent to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison for necropsy Update on Injured Bird After amputation of her right middle toe and rehabilitation at Disney s Animal Kingdom Direct Autumn Release female no 13 12 was released in Meigs County Tennessee on 9 February in the presence of at least 4 adult whooping cranes and hundreds of sandhill cranes She remains in the area and was observed associating with a small group of sandhill cranes in early March 2011 Cohort Estimated distribution at the end of the report period is as follows 10 in Alabama 4 in Indiana 1 in Illinois 1 at an unknown location and 1 long term missing 2012 Cohort Direct Autumn Release DAR No 13 12 remains in Meigs Rhea Counties Tennessee after being release there on 9 February see above No 15 12 was captured from a neighborhood in Broward County Florida on 10 February and released in Hendry County later that day He remained in Hendry County through at least 20 February Information received on 8 March indicated that he may have migrated with sandhills in late February or early March but this has not been confirmed No 14 12 remains with sandhills in Volusia County Florida No 16 12 apparently moved from his previous location in Hendry County Florida He has not

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  • WCEP: Project Update for January 5 to February 3, 2013
    Florida on the morning of 3 February Predation by a bobcat is suspected based on field observations Her carcass has been sent to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison for necropsy Injury Direct Autumn Release female no 13 12 was reported with a an undetermined leg injury on 7 January in Broward County Florida Over the course of the next couple weeks observers reported that the severity of her limp was diminishing PTT readings indicated location points in a nearby neighborhood by 13 January On 25 January she was observed in the neighborhood and was reported as acting very listless and sitting down a lot with an injury to her right foot She was captured on 26 January and transported to Disney s Animal Kingdom where her right middle toe was amputated She remained at Disney through the rest of the report period and continues to improve The current plan is to re release her back into the wild Special thanks to Jeannette Parker and Disney Animal Kingdom s Steve Baynes Scott Tidmus Scott Terrell Deidre Fontenot and other staff members for capture transport veterinary support and continued care of this bird 2011 Cohort Estimated distribution at the end of the report period is as follows Twelve in Alabama two in Tennessee one in Illinois one at an unknown location and one long term missing 2012 Cohort Direct Autumn Release DAR No 12 12 has not been detected since being reported with a possible leg injury in Hendry County Florida on 28 December 2012 Nos 13 and 15 12 remained in Broward County Florida until no 13 12 was captured due to injury see above No 15 12 remains in the area No 14 12 remains with sandhills in Volusia County Florida Nos 16 12 and 17 12

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  • WCEP: Project Update forNovember 10, 2012 to January 4, 2013
    4 long term missing This total does not include the suspected but not yet confirmed mortality listed below Mortality Male no 3 07 disappeared on his wintering territory in Lowndes County Georgia after 17 December when he was last observed alive On 30 December his mate no 38 08 was seen without him and has been regularly observed alone or with the a second pair that is also wintering in the area No 3 07 s remains have not yet been located but mortality is suspected 2011 Cohort Estimated distribution at the end of the report period is as follows Twelve in Alabama 1 in Tennessee 1 in Illinois 1 in Indiana 1 at an unknown location and 1 long term missing 2012 Cohort A DAR whooping crane with sandhills during the 2012 fall migration Photo by ICF Eva Szyszkoski Direct Autumn Release DAR No 14 12 began migration with sandhill cranes from the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin on 23 November He was reported loosely associating with DAR female no 28 05 at the Jasper Pulaski FWA in Jasper County Indiana on 25 November He was next reported with sandhill cranes in Volusia County Florida on 9 December where he remains Nos 12 16 and 17 12 remained in Hendry County Florida throughout the report period but are no longer together On 28 December no 12 12 was reported as having a possible leg injury Efforts to get an observer in the field with tracking equipment to check on his status are ongoing Nos 13 and 15 12 moved from their Hendry County location to Broward County Florida on 22 December where they remain Ultralight UL The five juveniles in the ultralight led cohort arrived at their pensite at the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County

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  • WCEP: Project Update for October 11 to November 9, 2012
    October Female no 17 07 on 15 October Female no 13 03 on 17 October Male no 3 04 on 18 October Male no 3 07 on 23 October Male no 2 04 and females nos 26 07 and 25 09 on 24 October Female no 24 08 on 1 November Female no 9 03 on 5 November Updated band and transmitter information can be found in the attached document 2011 Cohort Distribution at the end of the report period is as follows Wisconsin 16 2 in Iowa Sauk Counties 3 in Dane County 2 in Jefferson County 1 in Dodge County 5 in Adams County 1 in Waupaca County 1 in Marquette County 1 in Green Lake County Long Term Missing 1 no 13 11 see below 2012 Cohort Costumed handlers herd young whooping cranes so they can be boxed and moved for later release among wild adult whooping cranes and sandhill cranes Photo by ICF Eva Szyszkoski One Direct Autumn Release juvenile was banded with permanent colored leg bands and transmitter on 22 October Five others had previously been banded The six DAR juveniles were released on the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Dodge County Wisconsin on the evening of 29 October No 14 12 left Horicon to join sandhill cranes on and near the Theresa Marsh SWA Washington and Dodge Counties immediately after release He remained in this area for the rest of the report period Nos 12 13 15 16 and 17 12 began migration from the Horicon NWR on 31 October Satellite information indicated roost locations in Lawrence County Indiana on 31 October Chester County South Carolina on 2 and 3 November where all five were also visually confirmed at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Charleston County South Carolina on 4 November Glynn County Georgia

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  • WCEP: December 2010 Project Update
    includes birds in Alabama Florida Georgia Indiana and Tennessee Fall Migration All whooping cranes have now left Wisconsin with the last report that of two birds still present along the lower Wisconsin River as of December 2 The onset of cold weather in mid November prompted some birds to leave the state and most of the remaining birds departed during a major migration event on November 23 We expect some additional movements over the next few weeks as birds settle into their final wintering locations primarily on state and federal conservation lands in the southeastern United States Increasingly private state and federal wildlife managed areas are contributing to the welfare of these wintering birds We are grateful to the many biologists contributing their time and assistance in monitoring their status for the project 2010 Ultralight Cohort On December 15 the five young whooping cranes destined for St Marks National Wildlife Refuge NWR in Florida made their final flight to the site where they will spend the winter On the next flight day the other five birds will be led to the Halpata Refuge in Florida the last stopover location before their final flight to the Chassahowitzka NWR pen site One of the eleven young whooping cranes that departed from Wisconsin on October 10 sustained a debilitating wing injury that prevented it from flying with the rest of the group The bird was removed from the project and has been sent to Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland to become part of a research flock For daily updates on the progress of the ultralight cohort see the Operation Migration web site at http www operationmigration org Field Journal html or to view the live video broadcasts via OM s CraneCam and TrikeCam go to http www operationmigration org crane cam html

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  • WCEP: August 2010 Project Update
    counties in Wisconsin with approximately 38 birds at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Single birds spent the summer in Indiana and Michigan and two males were last reported in North Dakota in late May Six other birds have not been located since spring Recent locations of EMP whooping cranes are shown in the map below Nesting Status At least nine breeding pairs of whooping cranes attempted nesting this year with all nests except two located on Necedah National Wildlife Refuge A total of seven chicks hatched in the nests of five pairs and two chicks remain alive as of August 29 Just over the past two days it has been confirmed that both chicks have now fledged Captive reared Cohort The 2010 ultralight cohort of whooping cranes consists of 13 birds training at two pen sites on the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge The tentative date for departure from Wisconsin is October 1 The direct autumn release DAR cohort consists of 11 young whooping cranes being reared at one pen site on the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge The target date for release of DAR birds with older cranes is late October Reporting Sightings Please forward any sightings you receive to us through

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  • WCEP: July 2010 Project Update
    Most birds are located across 7 counties in Wisconsin with approximately 38 birds at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge A single female is again spending the summer in Indiana two males reported in North Dakota in late May have not been relocated and one DAR male was last reported in April from Michigan Five others have not been located since spring Recent locations of EMP whooping cranes are shown in the map below Nesting Status At least nine breeding pairs of whooping cranes attempted nesting this year with all nests except two located on Necedah National Wildlife Refuge A total of seven chicks hatched in the nests of five pairs and two chicks remain alive as of late July The ages of these two chicks are now approximately 53 and 60 days Captive reared Cohort Preparations for the 2010 whooping crane releases of chicks hatched from captive cranes consist of two projects ultralight training and direct autumn release DAR This year the ultralight cohort of whooping cranes consists of 13 birds training at two pen sites on the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge The DAR cohort consists of 11 young whooping cranes being reared at one pen site on the Necedah National

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  • WCEP News Release July 21, 2010 Whooping Crane Chicks Hatch at Necedah NWR
    fall Operation Migration will guide the young cranes on their first southward migration from Necedah NWR to Florida the cranes winter home The DAR and ultralight led chicks are this year joining two wild hatched chicks in the 2010 cohort WCEP has high hopes that these wild crane chicks will survive to fledge and will accompany their parents on the fall migration to the wintering grounds In 2001 WCEP project partner Operation Migration s pilots led the first whooping crane chicks conditioned to follow their ultralight aircraft surrogates south from Necedah NWR to Chassahowitzka NWR in Florida Each subsequent year WCEP biologists and pilots have conditioned and guided additional groups of juvenile cranes to Florida Having been shown the way once the young birds initiate their return migration in the spring and in subsequent years continue to migrate on their own In 2008 St Marks NWR along Florida s Gulf Coast was added as an additional wintering site for the juvenile cranes Whooping cranes that take part in the ultralight and Direct Autumn Release reintroductions are hatched at the U S Geological Survey s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel Md and at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo Wis Chicks are raised under a strict isolation protocol and to ensure the birds remain wild handlers adhere to a no talking rule and wear costumes designed to mask the human form In the spring and fall project staff from the International Crane Foundation and the U S Fish and Wildlife Service track and monitor the released cranes in an effort to learn as much as possible about their unassisted journeys and the habitat choices they make both along the way and on their summering and wintering grounds Most of the whooping cranes released in previous years spend the summer in

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