see  the website for the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership
There is a wealth of information on the cranes.

Also your reports are needed to help track them.  These can be reported online at
There is a link on the right side of the page.

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 asks anyone who encounters a whooping crane in the wild to please view from a distance  so they so they can survive and thrive:
Their guidance includes:
   -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. 
   -Please remain   concealed and do not speak loudly enough that the birds can hear you.
   -Please do not trespass on private property in an attempt to view whooping cranes."

Again thanks so much for your report!

Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer
Reg. Nongame Wildlife Specialist
MN DNR  Southern Region
Div. of Ecological Resources
Nongame Wildlife Program
261 Hwy 15 South
New Ulm, MN 56073
phone:  ( 507) 359-6033
      fax:   (507) 359-6018
e-mail:  [log in to unmask]

>>> Howard Towle <[log in to unmask]> 5/5/2009 10:29 PM >>>
The two Whooping  Cranes reported this morning from just south of  
Owatonna were still present this evening at 6:30 PM in the same field.  
Does anyone know the origin of these birds? Are they part of the  
Wisconsin flock that overshot their mark?

Thanks Ken!

Howard Towle
Golden Valley, MN

> Two Whooping Cranes were first spotted by Emily Hutchins Monday  
> night around 7:30.  They were flying over the intersection of Hwys.  
> 218 and 14 on the south side of Owatonna.  They landed in a green  
> meadow on the south side of 18th Street on the eastern edge of  
> Owatonna.  They were still present at 7:30 Tuesday AM.
> Ken Vail
> Blooming Prairie

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