For the past few years, I have been asked by the Whooping Crane Eastern
Partnership to be a volunteer tracker to monitor the Eastern Migratory
Population of Whooping Cranes. Most of the Whooping Cranes that spend part or
all of fall or winter in Southeast Tennessee are older birds. The batteries in
their radio transmitters are usually dead by now. Even though the WCEP provides
me with equipment to receive radio signals, the only way I can identify any of
these older whooping cranes is by noting the color bands on their legs.
Therefore, I have to view the birds with binoculars or a spotting scope at a
relatively short distance.
It is extremely helpful to me when birders, hunters, farmers, and others notify
me of Whooping Crane sightings. Otherwise, I have to rely on past history and
search areas in several counties of SE Tennessee.
If you see a Whooping Crane would you please send me a private message at
tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> or on Facebook. If you
don’t mind sharing your phone number by private message, I can get back to you
for more details, and I will give you my cell phone number.
Please ALSO report your Whooping Crane sighting, including any photos that
would show leg bands, to https://www.bringbackthecranes.org/what2do.html . It ;
is very important for everyone to know what may be reported about Whooping
Crane sightings and what should NOT be reported! That information is available
at the website above. One of the leading causes of death in the Eastern
Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes is shootings. Sharing very specific
information about the cranes’ locations on social media, etc., may lead to such
shootings! Ethical behavior by those who view or photograph Whooping Cranes is
also essential to protect their safety and wildness and is discussed on the
Let’s do what we can to preserve this magnificent species!