Whooping Crane Bling

Yesterday morning following a successful training session the white suits descended upon the Whooping crane enclosure at the White River Marsh. Richard van Heuvelen, Geoff Tarbox and Doug Pellerin were already on hand, having just worked with the cranes but soon four more white suits arrived and they carried cases, which held needles, vials and pliers.

The dry portion of the crane pen was divided in two and once everyone was in position, Richard and Brooke Pennypacker took turns picking up each crane before carrying them outside to the waiting suits with cases.

Each crane was examined quickly. Blood was drawn; inoculations injected and a small, permanent aluminum Fish and Wildlife Service band was applied to their right leg.

The entire process lasted no more than 15 minutes and I think every CraneCam viewer held their breath for the entire time before a simultaneous and collective exhale of relief occurred when the last crane was returned to the pen.

Many thanks to International Crane Foundation Veterinarian Barry Hartup, veterinarian intern Naomi Keiper, and Tracking Field Manager and bander, Eva Szyszkoski for helping get the job done quickly and efficiently!

Whooping crane health exam

Brooke holds Whooping crane #5-13 while Eva places a small band on its leg and Barry and Naomi examine and give vaccinations. Waiting behind is Richard with another young Whooping crane.
Photo: Tom Schultz

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One Comment

  1. Margie Tomlinson July 25, 2013 8:50 am

    Excellent photo, Tom! And quick and efficient handling by medical team sure makes it easier on everybody, especially the chicks we care so much about. Thanks all!