Crane Migration Update: March 20, 2009
Begins! Twelve Cranes Already Home >>
- News: Reports
From the Field >>
Stations for Wild Whooping Cranes >>
Study: Signs of the Times >>
Week's Crane Resources >>
Chass juvenile has a feather stuck on its beak? >>
2. How do you think the feather
got there? >>
Begins! Twelve Cranes Already Home
|Map and Track >>
The miracle of migration is underway! Twelve magnificent Whooping cranes,
including four breeding
pairs, have already reached their summer nesting grounds in Wisconsin.
The latest tracking reports are on their way, and you can count on us
keep the MapServer and bio pages up to date. Weekly reports begin now.
One of these days the Class of 2008 will take to the skies on their first
unaided migration—and we'll bring you the thrilling news. Are you
ready to track the journey north?
USFWS at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas
Bev Paulan, Operation Migration
Juveniles and adults, Whooping cranes
and Sandhills eat corn from the feeders set up at the
wintering grounds. Tom Stehn flew over the refuge to count
cranes March 15. They're still there. How are they doing? >>
211 and 217
213 and 218
303 and 317
401 and 508
are breeding pairs among the first to complete migration?
first Whooping crane of the season arrived in Wisconsin March
7, and Sara phoned with the exciting news that 11 more arrived
by March 19! Meanwhile, the youngest
members are still content
at their 2 Florida release sites. When
will they go? >>
Texas with the Western (natural) flock, Tom Stehn tells status
and stories of the
whoopers he's observed for over 30 years. In Florida watching
over the Class of 2008 are Sara, Eva, Brooke and Bev. They
share photos, crane
mischief, and news from the two Florida release sites.
Stations for Wild Whooping Cranes
||Lesson: Pros and Cons >>
know that the youngest cranes in the Eastern flock have feeders with "crane
chow" as they learn
to hunt and forage on their own. Now, with blue crabs so scarce
in drought-dry Texas, supplementary feeding stations
those wild cranes
in the natural flock something
to eat. Tom
other experts carefully thought about this decision before they did it.
The question is: what are the pros and cons of supplementary feeders?
Tom's list of pros and cons: >>
or write: What
YOU think about supplementary feeding stations for wild Whooping
thoughts in your Journey North Whooping Crane Journal. >>
adults, whoopers and sandhills go to the feeding stations at Aransas
NWF. Which is the whooper juvenile?
Study: Signs of the Times
Stehn sent this photo taken last month of Scarbaby and
its mate. "Note the horrible looking plumage and thin appearance.
Some of the cranes
do not look 'sleek' this
winter, a sign of the tough winter from
lack of their food. The grayish-tinged feathers are also a sign that the
feathers will be molted soon, probably this summer."
Look closely to see if you notice what Tom described.
Week's Crane Resources
Using Band Colors: Quick Color Codes for the Class of 2008 >>
Like a Scientist: Pros and Cons of Feeding Stations for
Wild Whooping Cranes >>
Report: "Trying to Let Go," by Bev Paulan at St. Marks NWR
and Record Keeping: Track the Migration >>
Student Craniacs: Classrooms in Action >>
- Teachers: Getting
Photo Bev Paulan
Which St. Marks
chick is this? Identify by colors: >>
Next Whooping Crane Migration Update Will Be Posted on
March 27, 2009.