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Post-release survival of hand-reared and parent-reared Mississippi sandhill cranes

The Condor

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Abstract

The Mississippi Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pulla) reintroduction program is the largest crane reintroduction effort in the world. Here we report on a 4-year experiment in which we compared post-release survival rates of 56 hand-reared and 76 parent-reared Mississippi Sandhill Cranes. First-year survival was 80%. Surprisingly, hand-reared cranes survived better than parent-reared birds, and the highest survival rates were for hand-reared juveniles released in mixed cohorts with parent-reared birds. Mixing improved survival most for parent-reared birds released with hand-reared birds. These results demonstrate that hand-rearing can produce birds which survive at least as well as parent-reared birds and that improved survival results from mixing hand-reared and parent-reared birds.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Post-release survival of hand-reared and parent-reared Mississippi sandhill cranes
Series title:
The Condor
Volume
102
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 104-112
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
The Condor
First page:
104
Last page:
112