Research: Hoping for Hatches
pesty black flies a cause of some nest failures?
Experts are studying this question in hopes of learning more
and preventing future nest failures.
in summer 2009, a lot of work by a lot of
people began in an effort to find
why the new flock's breeding success has been so limited. How are scientists
studying the problem of the cranes leaving their nests?
- The behavior
of all of the nesting pairs will be monitored both on and off the
(hiding huts or walls) can be built for unseen observers
to watch some of the nests and birds.
- DVR and cameras have been set up to monitor nests.
fly breeding areas have been mapped and carbon dioxide traps have
been set up at research sites equipped with crane decoys. More
about carbon dioxide traps
expresses hope: "Whooping cranes are full of surprises. Maybe this
could be the year for success!"
or Discussion Question
about each of the actions listed. Do you think experts are
making a wise decision to closely study the Whooping cranes and their
nests? What might be some pros? Cons? Explain.
- Read what
Operation Migration's Joe Duff said at the end of May, 2009.
What would you ask Joe?
- Do you think people making the decision to locate the new eastern flock at Necedah NWR were aware of every single challenge that might come up?