Whooping Crane Sighting Etiquette

We’ve been receiving a good number of public sightings over the past couple of weeks as introduced Whooping cranes in the Eastern Migratory Population (EMP) advance northward and return to their summer habitats. If you happen to spot a Whooping crane please use this link to report your sighting.

We thought it a good time to remind everyone of the recommended guidelines should you be fortunate enough to encounter a Whooping crane.

  • To protect these two year old Whooping cranes we will not divulge the exact location of the sighting.
  • We ask that you please do not approach them closely, even in a vehicle, to avoid habituating the birds to human presence. Habituation is one of the greatest dangers that whooping cranes face because it puts them at greater risk from vehicle collisions, predation, and illegal shooting.
  • Please be respectful of the property of others and do not trespass.

The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership encourages birding listserv administrators and managers of social media page(s) to not release exact location information of Whooping cranes in the Eastern flyway. In an effort to protect these young and impressionable cranes, WCEP releases county level location information only.

American Birding Association Principles of Birding Ethics

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  1. Claire DeLand March 28, 2014 10:46 am

    I saw a pair of them over Dawsonville GA about two and a half weeks ago . . . had not reported them because I didn’t want anybody to know they were “around”, even in a flyover.

    I heard them before I saw them . . . looked up and there they went . . . headed northeast, mostly north . . . Dawson County is not far from some of the area of the “old” migration route if I understand it correctly.

    What a gorgeous sight to see them any time, but right here 40 or so miles from where I live? Awesome!!!!

    Thanks for the reminder about “etiquette” . . . I just want them all to get safely THROUGH Georgia with no ugly episodes!!!!

    Getting excited for the new season/new class!!!!

    Claire DeLand

    • Margie Tomlinson March 30, 2014 1:30 pm

      Hi, Claire!
      Long time no get to talk to you, so thanks for sharing your sighting with us! Gives you goose bumps, etc. – doesn’t it?! Just hoping I can get back to contributing to the cause and joining in on the Chat again. Go OM and our “babies”/birdies!

      • Claire DeLand April 1, 2014 3:08 pm

        That will be a great day, Margie . . . I’m watching for announcements about our chat site on UStream reopening for us to get together!!!!

        🙂 Whoop!!!!!!!