Crane Migration Update: May 2, 2008
Today's Report Includes:
Migration: Map, Data and Highlights >>
Reports: On the Nesting Grounds >>
Were the Nesting Grounds Discovered? >>
Chicks: Eggs From Where? >>
- Year-end Evaluation: Please Share Your Thoughts >>
This Week's Crane Resources >>
found before, but where is #733 now? >>
Migration: Maps, Data and Highlights
the first cranes will have arrived this week at the nesting
grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park! What will they find?
flight is postponed until
May 15, but it's a sure bet that few, if any, cranes remain
in Texas. See Tom's egg news, later in this report.)
Flock: All HY2007 cranes from the ultralight-led
(UL) flock have now completed migration except for #727
and #733, and six
DAR Birds are in Michigan. Yearling #735,
still incapable of flight, remains penned at Necedah NWR. We're
thrilled that nine pairs are still nesting!
Cranes Have Reached the Finish Line? See
the list: >>
Field Reports: On the Nesting Grounds
a snake snack
Photo Eva Szyszkoski
Brian Johns' report
Flock Report: Biologist
Brian Johns reports from the home stretch of the migration
in Canada, where the cranes will be starting to nest.
How do water conditions — whether wet or dry— affect
of nesting? What is the record number of nests
and young hatched in the natural flock? >>
Flock Report: Aviculturalist Sara
Zimorski sums up the busy season with some fun facts about
the new flock, including "everybirdy's" whereabouts.
She gives us a nest update, too. Which of the original
10 nests are still
Question: How Were the Nesting Grounds Discovered?
Grounds in Canada's Wilderness >>
2001, only one flock of Whooping Cranes flew the skies of North America.
Those birds (all 266) winter in Texas and have been coming
to the Canadian nesting grounds
for thousands of years.
be surprised how long it took people to find out where the nesting
grounds are! See: The Natural
Flock's Nesting Grounds in Canada and follow
the links to answer:
and how were the nesting grounds in Canada discovered?
the story in your journal.
Photo Richard Urbanek, ICF
The cranes toss
aquatic vegetation in the direction of the
the low platform on which they lay their two eggs. The
nest has a ring of water around it.
Chicks: Eggs from Where?
Stehn Reports: Hoping
for Eggs >>
this good question:
How does the Team get the Whooping
eggs for the ultralight-led chicks?
breeding centers have provided the eggs since the flock was started
in 2001. Tom Stehn,
International Whooping Crane Recovery
Team, explains more in this week's special report. He said, "IF enough
eggs are produced, we'd like Operation
Migration to try to migrate with 24 chicks in Fall
2008." That's a LOT of chicks! Will it happen? Tom is worried: >>
Hoping for Eggs
Evaluation: Please Share Your Thoughts! >>
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The information you provide is critical for planning new initiatives
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Week's Crane Resources
the Weather in Crane Habitat >>
Flock Nesting Update for This Week: >>
- Map: Canadian
Nesting Grounds Map/Activities >>
Acquainted: WCEP Partners: Who Does What? >>
- Investigate: Eggs
From Many Places: Building Genetic Diversity >>
- Population: Total
Whooping Cranes, April 24, 2008 >>
- Overview: The
Whooping Crane Migration Study >>
FINAL Whooping Crane Migration Update Will Be Posted on
May 9, 2008.