Migration patterns and movements of sandhill cranes wintering in central and southwestern Louisiana

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Edited by: Barry K. Hartup

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Abstract

In this study we trapped wintering sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) in Louisiana and fitted them with satellite transmitters to determine their migration routes. Four of the 6 sandhill cranes with validated locations and a terminus point used the Central Flyway for spring migration; 2 of these 4 (the only 2 for which we have data) also used the Central Flyway for fall migration. Two of the 6 birds used the Mississippi Flyway for spring migration. The results of this study suggest that reintroduced whooping cranes (G. americana) that intermix and migrate with sandhill cranes that winter in Louisiana may enter the Central Flyway. In addition, the Mississippi Flyway is a viable option to use as a migration route for whooping cranes if they are reintroduced in Louisiana.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Migration patterns and movements of sandhill cranes wintering in central and southwestern Louisiana
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher North American Crane Working Group
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the eleventh North American crane workshop
First page 57
Last page 61
Conference Title Eleventh North American Crane Workshop
Conference Location Wisconsin Dells, WI
Conference Date September 23-27, 2008
Country United States
State Louisiana