From: Patty Beasley <>
Subject: Whooping Crane Update - forwarded report
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Greetings all,

The following report is forwarded with permission from Tom Stehn, USFWS biologist and National Whooping Crane Coordinator.

When used, CWS stands for Canadian Wildlife Service; USFSW is US Fish and Wildlife Service. Crane monitoring involves cooperative efforts and support by both countries.

Anyone wanting to contact Tom about the report or the whooping crane projects can reach him via email at: and other information can be found at the Texas Whooping Crane home page at


Subject: Movement of Rocky Mountain whoopers
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     Kent Clegg notified me this AM that all 3 whooping cranes have departed
     Yellowstone NP and last night he located them west of Driggs, Idaho in
     the Teton Basin.  The two ultralight whoopers are together, and
     cross-fostered adult green-white was about 1/2 mile away.  According
     to a local biologist, they had apparently been there for a couple
     days.  Kent also found the sandhill x whooping crane hybrid in the
     same area.  They will probably stay in that area into the first           
     week of October and then will head south.  The ultralight cranes were
     acting like wild cranes and not approachable - that is what we were
     hoping for.  The sandhill hunts closed in that area on September 13th.
     For your information, I have assembled data on the identity of the
     remaining Rocky Mountain whoopers.  Let me know if I've scrambled the
     identities and geographic locations.
     Patuxent 7 - 1982 female - metal band only
                  summers at Red Rocks / winters at Casa Colorado in NM
     Patuxent 16 -1984 male - small green band on left/small white on right
                  summers in Yellowstone / winters at Bosque
     Ultralight 35 - 1997 female attacked by eagle in fall, 1997
                     satellite transmitter, yellow bands on both legs,
                     color band #'s 071 and 77
                     summered in Slough Creek in Yellowstone NP
     Ultralight 56 - 1997 female, conventional radios,
                   yellow bands both legs
                   color band #'s 051 and 059
                   summered at Bechler Meadows with Patuxent 16 male
     Hybrid - 1992, summers near Pelican Creek in Yellowstone NP,
                    winters at Bosque del Apache NWR  
     Please keep me posted as you learn more about the whereabouts of these
     birds as the migration progresses.


Good birding,
Patty Beasley
Corpus Christi, Texas