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Accession Number 5001815

Title Restoration ecology of a migratory flock of whooping cranes

Project Description The project will develop new techniques for reintroducing migratory cranes. It should result in a

clear evaluation of the practicality and reliability of leading cranes on migration using motorized

vehicles. Other techniques tested will be adopting chicks and juvenile cranes onto guide birds, a

stage-by-stage migration technique wherein cranes are moved to stopover areas rather than

following a motorized vehicle. Finally, the best techniques will be adapted for use on an actual

whooping crane reintroduction beginning 2001. Some effort will also go to making information from

each subproject available in the classroom, on the Internet, and in books and scientific articles.

From the whole process we will know the practicality of different methods for introducing cranes.

The results will go far in providing techniques to restore wildlife populations of many decimated

taxa (especially birds).

Keywords crane, migration, reintroduction, translocation,

Principal David H Ellis, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: david_h_ellis@usgs.gov;

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