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04/01/2017 - Public Encouraged To Report Whooping Crane Sightings

The entire population of whooping cranes in the Central Flyway is expected to migrate through Nebraska over the next several weeks. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages the public to report whooping crane sightings. Information on crane sightings is used to positively affect whooping crane conservation and recovery efforts.
 
Report any sightings to Game and Parks at 402-471-0641, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 308-379-5562, or The Crane Trust’s Whooper Watch hotline at 1-888-399-2824. E-mails may be submitted to joel.jorgensen@nebraska.gov.
 
Observers of cranes are encouraged to record the number of birds, location, type of activity, and, if it can be determined, the number of adults and juveniles. Sandhill crane, American white pelican, great blue heron, trumpeter swan and snow goose are species that occasionally are mistaken for whooping cranes. Whooping cranes are approximately 5 feet tall and fly with their neck outstretched. Adults are all white with the exception of black wing tips and reddish-black facial pattern.