Alger W. Crane Background
suboscine at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 21 15:07:17 EDT 2009
I spoke with one of the researchers from the International Crane Foundation who is involved with the Whooping Crane reintroduction program. As suspected, she verified that this bird is a part of that program. Therefore, this bird is not considered to be a "wild, countable" bird according to Michigan Bird Record Committee or American Birding Association standards. However, it may still be of interest to know that this bird is a female that will turn four years old this spring. She became part of the crane reintroduction program before ultralite aircraft were used to guide introduced Whooping Cranes during migration. She learned her migration route by joining older Whooping and Sandhill Cranes and typically spends the winters in Tennessee. She often prefers the company of Sandhill Cranes to Whooping Cranes and was last reported from northern Wisconsin in mid- to late March. Her leg bands contain transmitters which have ceased working, so the researchers were happy to be informed of this bird's location. Hopefully she is enjoying spring U.P. style. Scott
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