Background: The WCEP team never wants to interfere with an "ultra-crane" after it's learned to be wild. But sometimes recapture becomes the last resort. For example, it happened in May 2003 when #209 was captured, crated and flown home from Ohio in a plane after a hide-and-seek game in 3 states during her first journey north. It happened in August 2003 when 3 females wandered into South Dakota upon returning from Florida in the spring. It was discussed again in the spring of 2005, when 3 hatch year 2003 cranes got off-course and ended up in Canada, as well as on a few other occasions after that. Sara shares the thinking that goes into the decision making:
12, 2005: "In regards to capturing the birds in Canada (or rather
now just #309, who remains in Canada), we probably won't
be able to do
really glad two of the three have crossed back into the US. The
paperwork and permits required to capture them, but especially
to transport them across the border, would be extremely difficult
obtain. The permits can take weeks to get, and they
However, #301 and #318 have made it back. Crane #309 is close and could still cross back into the US. If she does, we will attempt to capture her—just as we'll do with the two in Michigan once they settle down and we have the staff and resources to go after them.
the Capture Plan
success depends on the individual birds: Are they still attracted
to the costume? How
wary are they? What
habitat are they in? Are they with sandhill cranes?
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).