EMP UPDATE

Eva Szyszkoski, ICF/WCEP Tracking Field Manager provided the following report for WCEP partners this week:

Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 107 cranes (54 males and 53 females). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period or last record included 70 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 4 in Indiana, 9 in Alabama, 4 in Tennessee, 4 in Florida, 14 at unknown locations, and 2 long term missing.

2011 Cohort: Of the eight 2011 Direct Autumn Release juveniles, two (#15-11 and #18-11) are in Marquette County, Wisconsin, two (#17-11 and #20-11) remain at the Hiwassee WR in Tennessee, one (#14-11) is in LaPorte/St. Joseph Counties, Indiana, one (#19-11) was last reported in Fayette County, Illinois, on 9 February, one (#16-11) was last reported in Jackson County, Indiana, on 8 March but has left the area, and one (#13-11) was last detected on autumn migration in northern Illinois on 29 November.

The juvenile (#2-11) that broke off from the ultralight led migration on 21 October was last confirmed at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Tennessee on 16 February.

The nine remaining juveniles in the ultralight cohort remain at the Wheeler NWR in Alabama.

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