From the Nesting Grounds: Meet Lea Craig-Moore
Craig-Moore is a wildlife technician with the Canadian
Wildlife Service, based out of Saskatoon, SK. She has been involved
with the Whooping cranes since 2002.
2009: "We were out recording the acoustics of
Whooping cranes. To my right is the pilot and to my left is a fellow
that works for Wood
Buffalo National Park."
makes recordings of Whooping crane unison
calls in an effort to identify individual pairs through their
is Lea with Brian
Johns, now retired, in August 2009 when they were driving
to Fort Smith, near the nesting grounds.
is 1,000 kilometers—three full days of driving—from
their base in Saskatoon. They travel to Fort Smith in order
to fly over the area to survey and count the cranes (and
later the chicks) during nesting season.
the cranes, 1,000 km is about a 3-day flight.
map of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba shows the boundary of
Wood Buffalo National Park. The park covers 27,842 sqare miles!
Established in 1922, it is Canada's largest national park. At that
time, no one even knew it was the nesting ground
for the world's only naturally occurring population of migratory
Whooping cranes. The red area is the general location of the Whooping
crane nesting area. The nesting area spans the Alberta/Northwest
Territories border. It includes, but is not restricted to, Wood
Buffalo National Park.
the red area that shows the nesting grounds of the natural
(western) flock. Can you name the Canadian provinces shown?