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  • Evelyn Horn
    Today s report from International Crane Foundation: SURVIVORS!!!!!!!!!!! 4 chicks that were Autumn Released into the flock of migrating Whoopers 1 Chick with
    Message 1 of 12 , Feb 6, 2007
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      Today's report from International Crane Foundation:
       
      SURVIVORS!!!!!!!!!!!
       
      4 chicks that were "Autumn Released" into the flock of migrating 
          Whoopers
      1 Chick with the First Family (ultra-light introduced in 2001, now migrating on their own)
      1 chick, #15-06 managed to escape the holding pen. It has survived and has seen in company with Sandhills.
      SO SIX CHICKS MANAGED TO MAKE IT.
       
      Evey Horn
    • Evelyn Horn
      The Whooping Cranes, Class 2007, that left Wisconsin 97 days ago following the ultralights completed their initial migration on January 28, 2008. They are now
      Message 2 of 12 , Feb 1, 2008
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        The Whooping Cranes, Class 2007, that left Wisconsin 97 days ago following the ultralights completed their initial migration on January 28, 2008. They are now at the pen site in Chassahowitzka NWR.
        This is the longest migration to date for the Class with 17 Fledglings.
        One bird (#3-07) sustained minor a minor injury and will be transported to the pen site.
            I've been following this day by day on www.operationmigration.org
        The weather there has been tough too !!!
        Now that the birds are in Florida, they are monitored continuously.
        The attachment is from International Crane Foundation: this is a summary of the migration. www.savingcranes.org
         
        I've taken this  following summary from The Unison Call (publication of the North American Crane Working Group).
            Aransas/Buffalo Wood: 227, 39 young, 69 adult pairs
            Florida non-migratory: 40 adult, 1 young, 17 pairs
            Wisconsin/Florida migratory: 51 adult, 24 young,4 pairs
        Subtotal in the wild: 318, 64 young, 90 pairs
        Evey Horn
        2-1-2008
         
      • Evelyn Horn
        2-10-2008 I just read the International Crane Foundation s update on the 17 Whoopers that went from Wisconsin to Florida with the ultralight planes. All 17
        Message 3 of 12 , Feb 10, 2008
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          2-10-2008
           
          I just read the International Crane Foundation's update on the 17 Whoopers that went from Wisconsin to Florida with the ultralight planes.
          All 17 birds are safe at night in the pens and are free to roam (and eat blue crabs :-) during the day at Chassahowizka NWR in Florida. The birds seem to be doing well. There is hope!!!!!
           
          Evey Horn
        • Evelyn Horn
          Good news from Wisconsin :-) Yesterday s up-date from International Crane Foundation had 10 pair of nesting Whoopers in Wisconsin! Hope springs
          Message 4 of 12 , Apr 30, 2008
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            Good news from Wisconsin :-)
            Yesterday's up-date from International Crane Foundation had 10 pair of nesting Whoopers in Wisconsin!
            Hope springs eternal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            Evey Horn
          • Evelyn Horn
            Great news from International Crane Foundation a few days ago: 11 Whooping Crane nests. BAD news from ICF on May 11: NO CHICKS :-( The adults abandoned nests
            Message 5 of 12 , May 17 7:42 PM
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              Great news from International Crane Foundation a few days ago:
              11 Whooping Crane nests.
               
              BAD news from ICF on May 11: NO CHICKS :-(
              The adults abandoned nests before eggs hatched, some eggs infertile, etc. Six eggs salvaged by biologists & sent to Patuxent for incubation.
               
              Evey Horn
               
            • Evelyn Horn
              Thus far, three chicks have hatched to ulta-lite led cranes this spring. Eight chicks have arrived from Patuxant with two more slated soon. This will make 10
              Message 6 of 12 , Jun 28, 2009
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                Thus far, three chicks have hatched to ulta-lite led cranes this spring. Eight chicks have arrived from Patuxant with two more slated soon. This will make 10 in the cohort to make the 9th ulta-lite flight this fall. Slowly and  surely hope we hope.
                Evey Horn
              • Evelyn Horn
                I just received my copy of Grus Americana (publication of Whooping Crane Conservation Association). Nothing but bad news. The Aransas flock had a terrible
                Message 7 of 12 , Jul 11, 2009
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                  I just received my copy of Grus Americana (publication of Whooping Crane Conservation Association).
                  Nothing but bad news.
                   
                  The Aransas flock had a terrible winter. Feeding stations with corn were even used (along trails where the birds had gone for grit). Mortality: 7 adults and 16 chicks were lost. In addition, 34 Whoopers left Aransas in the spring of 2008 but they failed to return in the fall. A total of 57 Whooping Cranes have been lost in the last twelve months.
                     So from the peak of 270 birds, there are now only 247 (225 adults and 22 juveniles).
                   
                  Major problem seems to be drought with no indications of that improving. Also human uses of fresh water (from Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers that feed San Antonio Bay and adjacent bays) has become a major problem with increasing population.
                      A main food for the Whoopers it the blue crab. It moves about, seeking its preferred level of salinity (less than 15 parts per thousand). Less fresh water from the rivers means higher salinity (measured at 29 parts per thousand at Aransas).
                      It's pointed out that this loss of an endangered species could be considered a "take." A "take" is prohibited by the terms of the Endangered Species Act. So human usage of the rivers' waters is in violation of the Act.
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                  The non-migratory flock managed (despite the drought) to produce one fledgling.
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                  The Eastern Partnership continues to lead Whoopers from Wisconsin to Florida, and the birds continue to return. But the nests are being abandoned and at last info there was only one fledgling for spring-09. One of the considerations is blood-feeding Black flies: driving the birds off the nest, or leading them off as prey.Much study is being done!!
                   
                  Evey Horn
                   
                • Evelyn Horn
                  As of today, all of the whooping cranes fledglings of the class of 2009 have arrived at their wintering destinations :-) Joe Duff took the final leg of the
                  Message 8 of 12 , Jan 21, 2010
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                    As of today, all of the whooping cranes fledglings of the class of 2009 have arrived at their wintering destinations :-)
                    Joe Duff took the final leg of the migration of the ultralite whooping cranes.
                    Evey Horn 
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                  • Evelyn Horn
                    The ten Whooper fledglings that followed the ultralite from Wisconsin to Florida were released and are now free to roam the Chassahowitzka NWR in Florida. Evey
                    Message 9 of 12 , Feb 3, 2010
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                      The ten Whooper fledglings that followed the ultralite from Wisconsin to Florida
                      were released and are now free to roam the Chassahowitzka NWR in Florida.
                      Evey Horn
                    • Evelyn Horn
                      Whooper fledglings from the ultra-lite lead class of autumn 2009: yesterday, March 24, eight of the ten have left St. Marks refuge in Florida. Wish them well
                      Message 10 of 12 , Mar 25, 2010
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                        Whooper fledglings from the ultra-lite lead class of autumn 2009:
                        yesterday, March 24, eight of the ten have left St. Marks refuge in Florida.
                         Wish them well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                        Evey Horn
                         
                      • Evelyn Horn
                        I just received an email from Chester McConnell, Whooping Crane Conservation Administrator. Jeff G. Blackford, age 25, of Miller South Dakota, has been
                        Message 11 of 12 , Jun 24, 2012
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                          I just received an email from Chester McConnell, Whooping Crane Conservation Administrator.
                              Jeff G. Blackford, age 25, of Miller South Dakota, has been indicted by a federal grand jury (on June 12, 2012).
                          The penalty: 20 years custody, a $250,000 fine or both for shooting and killing an endangered Whooping Crane  17 miles southwest of Miller, SD. However Blackford is also accused of persuading a witness to withhold information, hence Bradford i S presumed innocent until proven guilt. Blachford was released on bond pending trail.
                              For more info, visit my website www.evelynhorn.com
                           
                           
                           
                        • Evelyn Horn
                          the fledglings are now in Kentucky Evey Hon
                          Message 12 of 12 , Nov 19, 2013
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                            the fledglings are now in Kentucky
                            Evey Hon
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