Spring 2005: Three Cranes Lose Their Way
their second journey north, "ultra-cranes" #301, #309 and #318 were
found in Ontario, Canada in April 2005.
They were lost! With two
of the Great Lakes separating them from the Wisconsin reintroduction
area, it is unlikely they would make it back on their own. What to
Plan? These valuable whooping cranes will most likely be captured and returned to Wisconsin in hopes of reorienting them. Canada's Operation Migration team leader and pilot Joe Duff says, "I can attest to Ontario being a great place for birds and people, and we would love to see them eventually disperse into Canada. But for now, they need to be near the rest of the eastern flock population. The more opportunity they have to mingle with other eastern flock whooping cranes, the greater the chance of proper mate selection and eventually breeding."
These three cranes have been lost before! After being led south by ultalight planes in 2003, they became lost on their first journey north in spring 2004. Where did they go? Find out here:
Important: Joe Duff explains why the lost birds need to get back near their flock:
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