The following report is forwarded with permission from Tom Stehn, USFWS biologist and National Whooping Crane Coordinator.
(Where applicable, CWS stands for Canadian Wildlife Service; USFWS is US Fish and Wildlife Service. Crane monitoring involves cooperative efforts and support by both countries.)
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Date: April 30, 1999
Subject: Second whooper nest in FL lost
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I am passing this along from FLGFFC:
A second pair of whooping cranes (both 4-year-olds raised at
Patuxent) has nested. The nest was discovered on April 23. On
April 28, the one-egg nest was abandoned in conjunction with a 2-3
inch rain event that may have flooded the nest. The egg was
picked up and is currently in an incubator at Sea World, though it
is not known if it is viable.
Further field investigations indicates the nest of the first pair
was predatorized. A few shell fragments were located. Feral hogs
are a likely suspect.
Tom Stehn Whooping Crane Coordinator
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