Tracking Endangered Cranes!
Operation Migration USA Inc
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We wanted to take some time to update you about this GSM Remote Tracking device campaign. Our goal is $25000 and the campaign currently stands at 1/3 of the way to our goal, or $8000.
As you know, we are hoping to raise enough funds to acquire 5 new remote tracking devices, which will be placed on the 2017 cohort of Whooping cranes in Wisconsin. These are the only remote transmitters to be used this year and OM has stepped forward to raised these funds as part of our commitment to the eastern population.
You may recall seeing the following image, which shows the 'pings' acquired for female Whooping crane number 8-15. It's easy to see she seems to be pretty sedentary over the winter and rarely left this small, isolated pond in west Alabama.
To update you on her whereabouts - take a look at the following Google Earth screen grab from yesterday.
Whooping crane #8-15 is on her way north to return to Wisconsin! We wouldn't know this if not for these important remote tracking devices, which provide us with almost real-time information, including GPS coordinates, altitude, heading and speed.
We hope that you'll help us reach our funding goal by sharing the campaign with your family and friends, and through your online social networks by sending this link: https://www.givinggrid.com/cranetracking/
SHARING is CARING! And the Whooping cranes that migrate east of the Mississippi River need our help.
Thank you for your support!
Whooping Cranes once flew the skies over most of North America before habitat loss and unregulated hunting very nearly wiped out the species. In the 1940's there were only 15 Whooping Cranes left in the world!
Since 1967 there has been a concerted international effort involving Canada and the United States to safeguard the species.
Operation Migration and our WCEP partners have succeeded in returning a migratory flock of these endangered cranes to an area they were wiped out from more than a century ago. This is something that has never before been accomplished! Still, fewer than 500 wild Whooping Cranes remain between survival and EXTINCTION.
With your help we can remotely monitor the young-of-year cranes released this coming fall.
A new cohort of Parent Reared whooping cranes will be released in Wisconsin in September. Just like last fall, our team will monitor these new releases while in Wisconsin.
Five (5) of the birds will be fitted with remote GSM transmitters so that they can be tracked via Google Earth. The five transmitters, each with 3 years of data acquisition fees will cost $25,000
Take a look at the data captured with the GSM unit device that female 8-15 is wearing. The red dots show her location(s) over the 2015/16 winter period.
We need your help to purchase 5 of these very important devices - please consider making a donation today or SHARE this campaign with others!
About the organization
Operation Migration USA Inc