After finding the 3 whoopers in a new location, I decided to report them and what they were doing. I thought some of you would be interested in knowing more about these Columbia County whooper. Here is the info: Thank you very much for reporting the 3 whooping cranes you observed in Columbia County recently. These three birds are #’s 31, 36, & 38-08, two males and a female (#38-08) from last years’ direct autumn release (DAR) cohort. These birds were initially hatched and reared at ICF before being transferred to the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge where they continued to be isolation reared until being released on the refuge in the fall. These birds learn to migrate with older whooping cranes and sandhill cranes instead of behind an ultralight aircraft. These three spent the winter in TN with an older whooping crane but separated from him when they returned this spring. These birds, like all young whoopers have wandered around quite a bit this spring – going back and forth to Necedah but have spent most of their time and now seem to have settled in Columbia County. Thanks again for reporting them to us and please keep us posted if you see them or any other whooping cranes again in the future. "WCEP asks anyone who encounters a whooping crane in the wild to please give them the respect and distance they need. Do not approach birds on foot within 200 yards; remain in your vehicle; do not approach in a vehicle within 100 yards. Also, please remain concealed and do not speak loudly enough that the birds can hear you. Finally, do not trespass on private property in an attempt to view or photograph whooping cranes." It would also be good to post the sighting website so, like you said, others will be reminded where to report their sightings. Apparently, the more reports they get adds more knowledge of what the whoopers are doing. Any one wishing to report a whooper could click on the following sight: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/whoopingcrane/sightings/sightingform.cfm Good Birding Jim Schwarz Madison, Dane Co #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.