Destination – St. Marks NWR

Several years ago the decision was made to divide each cohort of Whooping cranes at the wintering locations in Florida – that was when we had more than a handful of cranes. A perfect example of not putting all our ‘eggs’ in one basket, should something happen at one of the wintering sites.

Since then and with fewer cranes being allocated to OM, the decision was made to alternate wintering sites – take a cohort to Chassahowitzka NWR one year and St. Marks NWR the next and so on…

We had every intention of leading the Class of 2013 to the Chassahowitzka Refuge near Homosassa, Florida, however recent budget trimming has forced ‘Chass’ to withdraw the invitation.

CLICK to read Barbara Behrendt’s Story in the Tampa Bay Times

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  1. BigDan Harvey August 21, 2013 9:43 pm

    Is this decision a big set back for the Cranes? I understand the importance of dividing the cohorts but is it bad to have a cohort that is small in number? How does that effect their pairing, mating and parenting?
    I worry about the cranes at Wheeler because there are only a few of them and their numbers are not likely to increase unless they produce wild chicks.

  2. Karen Anne August 21, 2013 6:44 pm

    That’s a shame. I wonder if some fundraising (after Milemaker is fully funded) could be done to get them operational for next year.