I've received some emails requesting a bit more follow up re: whooping cranes viewing.
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership has provided additional guidance in the past which I'll share:
The WCEP asks anyone who encounters a whooping crane in the wild to please give them the respect and distance they need in order to survive and thrive. More specifically, please--
- Do not approach birds on foot within 200 yards;
-Try to remain in your vehicle
-Use of binoculars or spotting scopes is recommended for viewing
-Do not approach in a vehicle within 100 yards.
-Remain concealed and do not speak loudly enough that the birds can hear you.
-Do trespass on private property in an attempt to view whooping cranes."
Researchers have learned that cranes that become overly tolerant of human presence are at greater risk to numerous hazards that could endanger their well-being. The WCEP recognizes that some birders may share the specific locations of whooping cranes on local "rare bird alerts" or the media, but believes that most people are glad to protect these extremely endangered birds by maintaining their distance and allowing these birds to establish a healthy, wild nature.
Hope this is helpful
Reg. Nongame Wildlife Specialist, CWB (r)
MN DNR Southern Region
Div. of Ecological & Water Resources
261 Hwy 15 South
New Ulm, MN 56073
phone: (507) 359-6033
fax: (507) 359-6018
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