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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #240 on: January 19, 2016, 03:34:01 PM »

The following is copied from Forum's "Birds in the News" thread where T40cfr403 posted yesterday the news of the shooting and killing of two Whooping Cranes in Texas. 
T40's post can be found in that thread at:
http://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php/topic,2027.msg453624.html#msg453624

Below is a quote of T40's post along with my reply posted in that same thread.





Texas man charged with killing endangered whooping cranes

http://www.khou.com/story/news/local/animals/2016/01/15/texas-man-arrested-killing-endangered-whooping-cranes/78833816/





T40, I hope you don't mind that I'm going to share this post of yours in the Forum's thread for the Operation Migration Whooping Cranes.  I am beyond angry about this!  I don't care how young this person is who shot and killed these 2 Whooping Cranes, he better get an active prison term out of it as far as I'm concerned... The story says the max he can get is 6 months, and I hope he gets sentenced to a good portion of that, and has to serve it.  Someone has to start having the guts to enforce such laws!  What good are these laws without enforcement?
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #241 on: January 20, 2016, 03:16:11 AM »

I dont know if they ever jail anyone for shooting bird species.
If I recall right - one only got a $100 fine for killing an eagle.
I may be wrong.  I heard an expert speak to this, but my memory on detail fails me. :(

It sure is too bad OM had to leave cranes in Jawja (Georgia).
If I'd decided I would have crated them to St Marks before taking off for the meeting.
I believe those birds migrate by the sun and earth's magnetic fields as much as eye sight.
Just my lil ole opinion.
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #242 on: January 21, 2016, 01:18:32 AM »

Whooping Crane Group To Take Up USFWS Proposals, Including Phase-Out Of Aircraft

http://www.wpr.org/whooping-crane-group-take-usfws-proposals-including-phase-out-aircraft

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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #243 on: January 23, 2016, 11:44:20 AM »

The DECISION
January 23, 2016  Sataday


End of Ultralight-guided Migration
Jan. 23, 2016
  Joe Duff  -  That?s all she wrote.
The decision was final. There will be no more aircraft led releases.

There are a number of inhibitors to a successful reintroduction of Whooping cranes. Firstly, you need a method of teaching them migration. Then you must get enough of them onto the landscape so a high percentage will survive to reach breeding age. You must ensure they exhibit wild behavior and mate with their own kind.

Operation Migration team has been very successful in achieving those goals.


Despite those achievements, you can only judge the success of a wildlife reintroduction by the ability for the population to produce young and grow to a self-sustaining level.  Of the 240 plus birds released into the EMP, only 10 chicks have survived to fledge.

So why are the offspring not surviving?
Why did so many eggs hatch in 2015 but only 3 chicks survive?  Maybe predation played a role but the more likely cause is inattentiveness of the parents.  Maybe in their early development, hand raised chicks miss some behavior that only real parents can teach.

When animals are raised in captivity for multiple generations they undergo genetic changes that may weaken their ability to persist in the wild. They live on a fixed diet, they don?t fly and they are not subjected to the regular adrenalin rush of avoiding predators. With so few Whooping cranes left, each one is precious and vet teams treat them for conditions that would normally kill untreated birds in the wild.  They live on to produce children with the same predisposition for that illness. 

Last August we hired Jeff Fox who has been reading research papers and using the WCEP database to see how the UL method stands up against other techniques. Unfortunately, the more he dug, the more discrepancies he found in that database.
There are more males than females.
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2016/01/23/end-of-ultralight-guided-migration
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField

crane cam is LIVE - but too dark for a pic
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/migratingcranes/pop-out

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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #244 on: January 23, 2016, 12:20:43 PM »

shep, thank you for posting that report.  That decision comes as no surprise to me, and I'm sure not to anyone who has been following that storyline, but I am sad to know the UL OM Whooping Crane process will end.  I have read all the background reports and data and opinions and such that I can find on that topic, and there certainly has been some mis-representation of those data by the "powers that be."
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #246 on: January 24, 2016, 02:37:02 AM »

Sandy F (NWWISbirder) January 23, 2016 6:09 pm Reply
With heavy heart and blurry eyes I say
Don?t Be Sad Because It Ended,
Be Happy Because It Happened


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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #247 on: January 24, 2016, 02:37:03 PM »


PHOTO by Cindy Hayes

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January 24, 2016    Sonday
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Flew away from Decatur Georgia in Clay County

7.20 am  They're off behind Brooke, Rich is chase
Wicked mod kept deleting my posts in the chatroom
mod in chatroom said they boxed #2 and flew the other 5 birds


January 24, 2016
Location:  Decatur County, GA
Pilot Brooke Pennypacker led the birds this morning with Richard van Heuvelen flying in the chase position.
It took some wrangling to get them to form up on the wing of the aircraft but after about 20 minutes they seemed to fall into line.
Brooke will write his lead pilot report later.
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2016/01/24/day-103-successful-flight
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField

I got a screen pic of the trike but pen cam too blurry to snap

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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #248 on: January 25, 2016, 09:54:47 AM »




January 25, 2016    Monday    Shepnotes
OM put up a test trike but no fly
I took a screen shot of Jawja (Georgia)

Joe Duff
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #249 on: January 25, 2016, 07:30:22 PM »

Statement Regarding the Arraignment of Accused Whooping Crane Shooter

https://www.savingcranes.org/statement-regarding-the-arraignment-of-accused-whooping-crane-shooter/

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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #250 on: January 25, 2016, 07:34:48 PM »

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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #251 on: January 26, 2016, 01:58:22 PM »

Statement Regarding the Arraignment of Accused Whooping Crane Shooter

https://www.savingcranes.org/statement-regarding-the-arraignment-of-accused-whooping-crane-shooter/




T40, THANK YOU FOR POSTING!  AND THANKS TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION FOR ISSUING A STATEMENT TO THE ATTORNEY HEARING THIS CASE AND REQUESTING VIGOROUS PROSECUTION!!!

Also, here is the link to the full statement made by the International Crane Foundation...
https://www.savingcranes.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/statement_of_international_crane_foundation_jan2016.pdf

Both links are very worthwhile reads... full statment taken from the link embedded in the very short summary statement by way of the link in T40's post.  Thanks again, T40!
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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #252 on: January 27, 2016, 02:00:28 PM »


Statement Regarding the Arraignment of Accused Whooping Crane Shooter

https://www.savingcranes.org/statement-regarding-the-arraignment-of-accused-whooping-crane-shooter/




T40, THANK YOU FOR POSTING!  AND THANKS TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION FOR ISSUING A STATEMENT TO THE ATTORNEY HEARING THIS CASE AND REQUESTING VIGOROUS PROSECUTION!!!

Also, here is the link to the full statement made by the International Crane Foundation...
https://www.savingcranes.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/statement_of_international_crane_foundation_jan2016.pdf

Both links are very worthwhile reads... full statment taken from the link embedded in the very short summary statement by way of the link in T40's post.  Thanks again, T40!




Two follow-up stories to this case below - the 2nd story below is the most recent:

(about first court appearance)
http://www.12newsnow.com/story/30958704/two-whooping-cranes-killed-in-hardin-county

(and entering Not Guilty plea in court this past Monday)
http://www.12newsnow.com/story/31053681/jefferson-county-man-pleads-not-guilty-amid-charges-of-killing-two-endangered-whooping-cranes

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Re: Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
« Reply #253 on: January 27, 2016, 06:48:38 PM »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service casts doubt on claim of 23 whooping crane deaths (from a 2008 lawsuit)

http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/news/releases/usfws-whoopingcrane012716
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