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Results of the second (1996) experiment to lead cranes on migration behind a motorized ground vehicle

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Abstract

Fourteen greater sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis tabida) were trained to follow a specially-equipped truck and 12 were led along a ca 620-km route from Camp Navajo in northern Arizona to the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge near the Arizona/Mexico border. Ten survived the trek, 380 km of which were flown, although only a few cranes flew every stage of the route. Major problems during the migration were powerline collisions (ca 15, 2 fatal) and overheating (when air temperatures exceeded ca 25 C). The tenacity of the cranes in following both in 1995 and 1996 under unfavorable conditions (e.g., poor light, extreme dust, or heat) demonstrated that cranes could be led over long distances by motorized vehicles on the ground.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Results of the second (1996) experiment to lead cranes on migration behind a motorized ground vehicle
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Publisher:
North American Crane Working Group
Publisher location:
Seattle, Washington
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
ix, 226
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Proceedings of the Eighth North American Crane Workshop
First page:
122
Last page:
126