DAR Whooping Crane Chicks Moved to Horicon NWR

Nine Whooping Crane chicks arrived Tuesday, September 3 at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Dodge County, Wis. The cranes are part of the Direct Autumn Release project conducted by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, an international coalition of public and private organizations that is reintroducing this highly imperiled species in eastern North America, part of its historic range.

ICF's Whooping Crane Chicks Cast for Critical Role in the Wild

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) has nine Whooping Crane chicks for this year’s Direct Autumn Release (DAR) Program, a release method that relies on older Whooping Cranes to lead the chicks south in the fall. ICF is one of only five captive breeding centers in the world focused on raising endangered Whooping Cranes for release into the wild.

An Insider’s View into the World of Raising Endangered Whooping Crane Chicks

With a population of less than 600 Whooping Cranes in the world, the International Crane Foundation (ICF) is one of four captive breeding centers raising Whooping Cranes for release into the wild. Captive breeding has become an essential part of saving this endangered species, and through a web camera ICF is inviting you to see a day in the life of a Whooping Crane chick and the dedicated people that care for them.

Partnership Study on Nesting Success of Eastern Migratory Whooping Cranes

Black flies may be responsible for a high number of Whooping Cranes abandoning their nests in the core reintroduction area in central Wisconsin. To test this hypothesis, the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), the coalition of public and private groups that is reintroducing Whooping Cranes to eastern North America, has been conducting a multi-year study to examine the causes of nest abandonment.

Injured Whooping Crane Released Back into the Wild

Thanks to the helpful veterinarians and wildlife staff from Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, an injured endangered Whooping Crane is free again, and in the company of other cranes. The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership first heard there was a problem with one of the 111 Whooping Cranes in the Eastern Migratory Population from members of the public, who first reported a Whooping Crane limping around the outskirts of North Miami.