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Tuesday, October 18 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Wildlife. A preliminary survey of the reproductive behavior of a non-migratory whooping crane (Grus americana) population in southwest Louisiana

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AUTHORS: Phillip L. Vasseur, Sara E. Zimorski, Eva K. Szyszkoski - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

ABSTRACT: Since 2011, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has released a total of 75 whooping cranes (Grus americana) in southwest Louisiana in an attempt to reintroduce the species to a portion of its historic breeding range with the ultimate goal of establishing a self-sustaining, non-migratory population. The whooping crane is a long-lived species (up to 30 years in the wild) that reaches sexual maturity around 3-5 years of age. Therefore, several individuals in this population have only recently attained breeding-age status and shown indications of reproductive behavior including pair formation, copulation, nest building, and egg laying. In 2014, a pair produced the first clutch of eggs laid in the Louisiana wild in 75 years. Several other pairs nested the following year including one pair that produced a fertile egg; however, no eggs hatched to that point. This year marked a historic milestone with the successful hatching of two chicks from the nest of a newly formed pair. LDWF researchers will continue to closely monitor reproductively active pairs in order to build a more robust database on nesting behavior by recording the timing, location, and placement of nests, as well as, incubation and hatching rates to better assess management objectives.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Riverview B

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