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WHOOPING CRANE POPULATIONS UPDATE - as of October 2009

Thanks to Tom Stehn, Whooping Crane Coordinator at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and co-chair of the International Whooping Crane Recovery Team for the following update to the species' population stats.

WILD POPULATIONS

ADULT

YOUNG

TOTAL

PAIRS

Aransas/Wood Buffalo

247

0B

247A

72

The total of 266 Whooping cranes is this populationís current estimated current size. 64 chicks hatched this spring from a record 66 nests but they are not added to the count until they reach the Aransas Refuge in the fall.

Florida Non-Migratory

28

1

29

8

No chicks fledged in the wild in 2008. The total of 30 birds reflects the 26 regularly monitored in Florida plus 4 additional cranes believed to be alive in unknown locations.

Eastern Migratory

77

30

108

11

Five breeding facilities (Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, International Crane Foundation, Calgary Zoo, San Antonio Zoo, and Species Survival Center in New Orleans) either provided eggs or hatched and raised chicks in 2008. Four eggs came from abandoned wild nests in Wisconsin and were successfully hatched at Patuxent.  23 chicks are being raised for the release (16 ultralight, 7direct autumn release).

Totals in the Wild

352

31

384

91

A The peak population for the Aransas-Wood Buffalo flock in the 2008-09 winter was 270. However, 23 birds died during the winter, leaving 247.
B 52 chicks hatched in Canada in 2009 but only 22 fledged. They will not be added to population numbers until they arrive at Aransas in the fall.

 

 Captive Populations

ADULT

YOUNG

TOTAL

PAIRS

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, MD

64

4

68

13

International Crane Foundation, WI

31

0

31

11

Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre, AB

23

0

23

6

Species Survival Center, LA

11

0

11

1

Calgary Zoo, AB

2

0

2

0

New Orleans Zoo, LA

2

0

2

0

San Antonio Zoo, TX

7

0

7

1

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, FL

2

0

2

0

Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, FL

2

0

2

0

Jacksonville Zoo, FL

2

0

2

0

Milwaukee County Zoo, WI

2

0

2

0

Totals in Captivity

148

4C

152

32

C The captive numbers do not reflect the 34 chicks hatched in 2009 and that are in reintroduction programs in Wisconsin. 

 WHOOPING CRANE POPULATION TOTALS - July 14/08

ADULT

YOUNG

TOTAL

In the Wild

352

31

383

In Captivity

148

4

152

 Totals

500

35

535




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