Although progress is still slow and the numbers may not sound that large or impressive, 2022 was a good year for Louisiana’s reintroduced Whooping Crane population. Despite fewer pairs nesting, a record number of wild hatched chicks fledged and added to the growth of the population. Furthermore, at the end of the year ten captive reared juveniles were released into the population, the most since prior to the start of the pandemic in 2020. Finally, two additional birds were transferred to Louisiana from Florida, where a very small number remain from the discontinued, reintroduced Florida non-migratory population. While habitat conditions and numerous other factors may change, the success of 2022 and the addition of new birds to the population has us excited and anticipating continued good progress in 2023!
Presenter: Sara Zimorski grew up and went to school in Charlottesville, Virginia, studying biology at the University of Virginia. She never laid eyes on a crane, or at least doesn’t remember seeing or hearing anything about them until she moved to Wisconsin to work at the International Crane Foundation. From there she was hooked and has worked with cranes, specifically whooping cranes ever since! Throughout her time at ICF she worked with both the captive flock as well as the reintroduced eastern migratory flock of whooping cranes, migrating south with them for many years. In late 2010, she migrated south again, this time to southwest Louisiana to head up the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ effort to reintroduce and establish a population of whooping cranes in the state after an absence of over 60 years.
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