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  • WCEP: 2008 Whooping Crane Migration Route
    See Whooping Cranes Visit us on our Social Media sites Facebook Flickr YouTube Twitter 2008 Ultralight led Migration New Route In 2008 the migration team plans to use a new more westerly migration route to Florida this year This new route was established to avoid the difficulties associated with crossing the Appalachians The Direct Autumn Release DAR birds will continue their training until late fall when they will be released

    Original URL path: http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/technicaldatabase/route2008.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership - Home Page
    the dots during the return migration All of these methods have resulted in varying degrees of success but none have been as successful as the ultralight led technique It most closely replicates the natural process of a parent leading the offspring south Ultralights are the only type of aircraft that can fly slow enough and not stall to enable birds to follow Operation Migration Inc has conducted ten migration studies with three species of birds and worked with the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to establish the protocol that would be used to reintroduce whooping cranes into eastern North America How do you train the cranes to follow the ultralight The process is based on the bird s natural instinct to imprint Once hatched the chick is attracted to the first creature that nurtures it normally the parent This is nature s way of ensuring the offspring stays close and is protected by the adults The procedure we follow replaces the parent bird with the handler and so the birds imprint on the surrogate parent Prior to hatching a recording of the aircraft engine is played to the chicks They are introduced to the ultralight at about seven days of age and they soon associate it with the handler The birds are not trained to follow the aircraft instead they are conditioned to it as an extension of the handler After they arrive on the wintering grounds and reach the sub adult stage they become independent and they no longer look to the handler and aircraft for security and comfort Unlike training the conditioning diminishes with maturity Do ultralights lead the cranes back in the spring No The cranes learn the migration route during the trip south In the wild they often leave the parent birds during the course of the

    Original URL path: http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/whatwedo/UltralightMigrationFAQ.html (2016-05-02)
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  • WCEP: Partnership Guidance Document
    Teams Operations Team Guidance Team Advisory Committees The Administration and Communications Team will provide internal operational support to all WCEP functional teams as well as leading external communication The internal communication function of this team includes management of meetings and management of documents reports contingency plans protocols decision memos etc The Administration and Communications Team will also work with the other functional teams to develop annual budgets identify funding shortfalls and develop coordinated fundraising plans External communication functions include outreach education and media relations The Rearing and Release Team will coordinate WCEP activities for pre release birds and release of the cranes This functional grouping includes all activities related to egg requests and rearing and training crane chicks at the captive centers and at release locations management of the cranes during ultra light led migration management at release sites and management of releases of birds by all release methods Health and disease management of pre release cranes is also an important component of the Rearing and Release Team which will also coordinate with the Monitoring and Management Team on health and disease issues that may affect the post release birds The Rearing and Release Team will coordinate with a Health Advisory Committee to identify and engage expertise needed to reach decisions The Monitoring and Management Team will coordinate WCEP activities regarding the cranes post release This broad functional grouping includes all activities necessary for monitoring and management of released birds wild nesting and wild hatched birds This Team will coordinate with the Land Management and Interagency Support Team on communication with State wildlife agencies landowners and members of the public who share sighting information The monitoring will be coordinated with the Research and Science Team to ensure that data collection addresses priority project information needs The Monitoring and Management Team will also coordinate with a Health Advisory Committee to identify and engage expertise needed to reach decisions The Land Management and Interagency Support Team will coordinate WCEP communication with county state federal and private land biologists and managers to integrate whooping cranes into their property management activities on a short or long term basis as circumstances dictate The Land Management and Interagency Support Team will coordinate with the Monitoring and Management Team to ensure consistent communication between WCEP Teams and with external cooperators The Research and Science Team will develop a research strategy for WCEP including recommendations for research priorities data management data publication and distribution The Research and Science Team will coordinate with a Science Advisory Committee to identify and engage scientific expertise on research needed to inform decisions by the other WCEP functional teams Project decisions that cannot be made within a team or between teams will be made by the Operations Team a team consisting of the functional team chairs and the Operations Team chair The Operations Team chair is responsible for communicating with the Guidance Team Functional team chairs are responsible for communicating team notes advisory decisions recommendations or other critical information to the rest of

    Original URL path: http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/whoweare/WCEPGuidanceDocument.html (2016-05-02)
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  • WCEP: External Review Talking Points
    parts of our current process may need to be eliminated altogether The review team was tasked with evaluating three main issues 1 whether WCEP is operating in a way that will achieve the restoration of an eastern migratory flock of whooping cranes 2 the scientific underpinning of WCEP s methods and procedures and 3 the methods and procedures that WCEP currently uses for decision making internal communication planning and executing management decisions WCEP extends our sincere thanks and appreciation to the five member review team The review team brought their substantial expertise to bear on the three main issues and provided us with a comprehensive report and recommendations In their review they addressed the strengths and shortcomings of both the reintroduction project and the overall structure of WCEP The review team commended all those working on the reintroduction for tireless efforts and dedication The team was very complimentary of WCEP for what has been accomplished in the face of limited funding At the same time several recommendations were made by the review team to address shortcomings they saw or areas needing more attention including more focus on habitat needs of breeding birds making scientific research more central in decision making

    Original URL path: http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/whoweare/ExternalReviewSummary.html (2016-05-02)
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  • WCEP: Power of Partnerships
    state to officially partner with the Whooping Crane Recovery Team WCRT and the U S Fish and Wildlife Service in the effort to establish the EMP of whooping cranes The state maintains and manages a portion of the wetland complex that will support the whooping crane flock and has supplied much of the environmental data used to assess the suitability of the Wisconsin site where the cranes will be released The DNR also manages the database of information regarding the whooping cranes post release For more information visit http dnr wi gov org land er birds wcrane index htm National Fish and Wildlife Foundation The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation NFWF is a private non profit organization established by Congress in 1984 to benefit the conservation of fish wildlife plants and the habitats upon which they depend Its goals are conservation education habitat protection and restoration and natural resource management NFWF meets these goals by creating partnerships between the public and private sectors and strategically investing in conservation projects NFWF awards challenge grants in which seed funds awarded are required to be matched with additional funding The Foundation s challenge grants not only increase dollars directed to conservation but also increase organizations dedicated to conservation The Foundation facilitates cooperation and buy in from diverse stakeholders by creating partnerships among federal state and local governments corporations private foundations individuals and non profit organizations For more information visit http www nfwf org Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is a 501c 3 non profit organization based in Madison Wisconsin For more than twenty years the Foundation has worked with citizens businesses non profits and the government to promote the protection and enjoyment of Wisconsin s public lands waters and wildlife The Foundation joined the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership in 2001 to provide funding for on the ground project needs including crane tracking and monitoring veterinary and equipment needs and outreach and education activities Since 2001 the Foundation has provided nearly 450 000 to the recovery efforts For more information visit http wisconservation org index php page Whooping Cranes Operation Migration Operation Migration Inc and Operation Migration USA Inc OM share the same mission To advance the conservation of migratory species and their habitats through innovative research education and partnership For many avian species the ability to migrate is a learned process and following a decade of research field studies and successful trials with Canada geese Trumpeter swans and Sandhill cranes OM s unique method of teaching captive hatched Whooping cranes a migratory route was endorsed by the International Whooping Crane Recovery Team This led to Operation Migration becoming a founding partner of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership a coalition of private and public agencies whose goal it is to safeguard the endangered Whooping crane from extinction through the reintroduction and establishment of an Eastern Migratory Population Every year since the reintroduction project s initiation in 2001 OM has imprinted a new generation of captive raised chicks on

    Original URL path: http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/whoweare/powerofpartnerships.html (2016-05-02)
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  • WCEP - Spring 2012 Updates
    http www lighthawk org Donations to help fund LightHawk s great conservation work can be made here http www lighthawk org donate html May 18 2012 Eight pairs are on nests Pair 11 02 8 09 not reported nest may have failed and 4 pairs appear to be with chicks May 17 2012 With 2 new chicks since the 14th there are now 4 pairs with chicks The new chicks are W5 12 parents 13 02 18 02 and W6 12 Parents 16 04 4 09 Nine pairs are on nests one of those is a new nest for pair 8 09 11 02 Table of 2012 Nesting Activity May 16 Nine pairs are on nests incubating eggs Four pairs with chicks although during the flight two pairs looked like they were attending chicks but the chicks could not be seen May 14 2012 We now have 2 pairs with chicks Since the last nest flight chicks W2 12 and W3 12 were lost the chicks in the photo However W4 12 is a newly hatched chick parents 14 08 and 24 08 and the first chick hatched this year W1 12 is alive and well Nine pairs are still on nests incubating eggs including a new renest for pair 8 04 19 05 Table of 2012 Nesting Activity May 9 2012 Twelve cranes on nests 1 pair in territory but not on their nest and 2 pairs with chicks May 7 2012 Another chick hatched Bird 42 09 has a chick in the nest The chick that hatched on April 30 remains with its parents Thirteen cranes were observed on nests and incubating Since May 4 1 nest appears to have failed but 2 new nests were observed See the Table of 2012 Nesting Activity to see which pairs may soon hatch a chick May 4 2012 Thirteen cranes were observed on nests and incubating Pair 12 02 19 04 were seen with their chick in their territory One pair was near but not on their nest that had 1 egg One pair was actively engaged in nest building Chicks W2 12 and W3 12 hatched on May 7 and 8 Parent female 42 09 Photo by ICF Eva Szyszkoski April 30 2012 Nesting Update A WCEP Whooping Crane chick hatched today in the wild in Wood County WI The chick W1 12 was observed by Eva Szyszkoski International Crane Foundation Tracking Field Manager The parents are 12 02 and 19 04 This is quite a special hatch because the parents have been dubbed the infertile pair They have consistently laid eggs but their eggs are always infertile Not this time The pair proved to be good parents in 2010 when their infertile egg was swapped with a fertile egg and the pair hatched and raised the chick to fledging W3 10 one of only three fledged chicks in the WCEP population Keep your fingers crossed they ll do it again See the News Release for more Table of

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  • Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership - Home Page
    is frozen in glaciers and the polar ice caps As the human population grows more and more people need fresh clean water for cooking drinking bathing watering crops watering farm animals manufacturing and more It takes as much as 75 gallons of water to produce a single ear of corn It takes six gallons of water to produce every gallon of gasoline We need 65 gallons of water to manufacture enough steel to make a bicycle The amount of water on Planet Earth is the same as when the dinosaurs roamed The exact same water that Tyrannosaurus Rex drank has been endlessly recycled into the water we use today We will never be able to create more water but the demands of growing population are putting a strain on our fresh water supplies We need to take care of the water we ve got so there s enough for humans and for wildlife and plants that keep our earth healthy and beautiful and balanced This activity explores how much water we use and how we can 1 cut down our individual water use and 2 take care of our fresh water supplies Activity 1 Look at the chart below Use it to keep a journal of how much water you use in a day and in a week Remember that you re also using water when you use anything that required water for its production process Activity Average Amount of Water Used Getting a drink of water 1 4 gallon Flushing the toilet 5 gallons Showering 2 3 minutes full force 20 gallons Bathing in a full tub 30 gallons Brushing teeth 1 4 gallon Washing hands 2 gallons Washing laundry in automatic washer large load 49 gallons Washing dishes for one meal by hand 8 gallons Washing dishes in

    Original URL path: http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/getinvolved/educators/freshwater.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership - Home Page
    to fit into social hierarchies is also powerful in humans For example the armed forces depend upon a hierarchical structure for efficiency and discipline We see hierarchical stuctures in corporations and other organizations as well as in peer groups and on playgrounds Sometimes a person so badly wants a higher place in that hierarchy that they turn into a bully Students will very likely be able to cite how bullying behavior affects their lives or lives of people they know Fortunately as humans we have the ability to reason through this and find much more peaceful ways of settling our disputes Such discussions are a valuable part of the preparation and follow up for this simulation game In this game each student will find their place in a pecking order based on the value of a playing card which they will chose at random The highest ranking card is a king followed by queen jack 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Ace Materials One deck of playing cards Activity 1 Each student choses a playing card WITHOUT looking at it each places the card above their forehead so that others can see it 2 For 5 minutes the students interact with one another The goal is to interact with people who are at the top of the pecking order However students do not know the hierarchical value of their own card They can only guess this by the way others react to them 3 At the end of the 5 minutes and still without having seen their own card each student lines up according to the place they perceive they fall in the pecking order 4 Finally all players look at their cards and check to see how closely the line formed based on everyone s

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