Birdwatcher hopes to raise awareness in death of whooping crane

  • UPDATE – Kevin informs us the date of his event has been changed to March 25th.

An avid birdwatcher is gathering bird lovers and hunters to raise awareness about the death of a whooping crane earlier this year.

Kevin Cornell is hosting a gathering at the Walmart in Linton on Saturday, March 25th to raise awareness of the death of the whooping crane, known as 4-11. The informational gathering has been titled “Justice for 4-11.”

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is investigating the death of whooping crane, found on Jan. 3 near Lyons in the area of Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.

Since announcing the death of the endangered crane, which is believed to have been shot by a high-powered rifle, several organizations have come together to establish a $16,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for killing the bird.

Cornell said he encourages bird watchers, hunters and environmental enthusiasts to turn out for the gathering starting at 9 a.m. He said the goal is spread awareness about the death of the crane by handing out flyers to passers-by and discussing the importance of protecting endangered animals. 

“You’re so blessed to have these birds there (in Greene County) on a regular basis. I’ve seen up to 18 at Goose Pond at once,” Cornell said.

“I’m asking hunters to attend, too, because people who are poaching give them a bad name,” Cornell explained.

Cornell said he has spoken with the managers at the local Walmart to coordinate and get permission for the gathering.

If anyone has information about the poaching of the whooping crane, contact the Indiana Conservation Officer Dispatch at 1-812-837-9536 or the tip line at 1-800-TIP-IDNR.

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  1. Dorothy N March 17, 2017 11:34 am

    Excellent idea. The more people that know about the shooting, the more likely the perpetrator will be caught. Hopefully justice will eventually be served.

  2. Elsie Sealander March 15, 2017 12:22 pm

    Great Idea, Kevin Cornell. Good Luck!

  3. Mindy March 15, 2017 12:06 pm

    God bless that man…..sure hope some new info is turned up by the flyers and the meeting….

  4. Barb March 15, 2017 11:48 am

    Thank you Kevin. Hopefully this will bring results.