WCEP’s Eastern Migratory Population (EMP) location report by tracker, Eva Szyszkoski came in yesterday. Eva said, “Estimated distribution at the end of the report period or last record included 40 whooping cranes in Indiana, 17 in Florida, 16 in Alabama, 11 in Tennessee, 10 in Illinois, 3 in Kentucky, 3 in Georgia, 8 at unknown locations, 2 not recently reported, and 4 long term missing.”
The mortality of #3-07 is suspected. He was last observed December 7 on his wintering territory in Lowndes County, GA. This puts the maximum number of Whooping cranes in the EMP as of January 4 at 114; 58 males and 56 females.
Long Term Missing are: Legend: * = female; D = Direct Autumn Release
27-07* since March 2011. Last reported in Kosciusko County, IN
13-08* since April 2011. Last detected in Juneau County, WI
D13-11 since November 2011. Last detected migrating over IL
3-10* since February 2012. Last detected in Marion County, FL