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whooping crane shot

This is from Birder’s World:

Whooping Crane shot, reward offered


A seven-year-old Whooping Crane — the only successful breeding female from the eastern migratory population — was shot and killed in western Indiana, near the town of Cayuga in central Vermillion County, officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the International Crane Foundation said today.

The crane, known as 17-02, and her mate, 11-02, hatched two chicks in summer 2006 and one in summer 2009 at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin. One of the 2006 birds survived. The parents have been the only adults in the eastern population to raise a chick and lead it to wintering grounds in Florida.

In late November, cranes 17-02 and 11-02 had stopped at a marsh in Indiana, a place they typically stop at on their southbound migration. Eva Szyszkoski, tracking field manager for the International Crane Foundation, observed the pair on November 28 during an aerial survey. On her return flight on Tuesday, December 1, 17-02 was missing. Ground tracker Jess Thompson raced to the area and found the bird dead near a ravine, not far from a rural county road. (click here to read more . . .)


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status of the whooping crane

According to a blog post on Birder’s World, a record number of whooping cranes from a wild flock that winters in Texas and summers in Canada died last year. Twenty-one birds — six adults and fifteen chicks died, most likely as a result of poor habitat in Texas where a drought effected the blue crab stock, the primary food source for America’s tallest bird.

“‘Total winter mortality is estimated at 6 adults and 15 chicks, totaling 21 Whooping Cranes, a loss of 7.8 percent of the flock that was a record 270 birds in the fall,’ said Tom Stehn, Whooping Crane coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. When added to 34 birds that left Texas in spring 2008 and failed to return in fall, Stehn said 20 percent of the flock was lost during the last 12 months. The upshot is that only 249 birds will make the trip north this year. After an encouraging multi-year comeback in which flock numbers have grown each year, this marks the first year bird numbers have declined since 2001.”

Read the complete blog post.

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