Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128035559

Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation

1st Edition

Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes

Series Editors: Philip Nyhus
Series Volume Editors: John French Sarah Converse Jane Austin
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128035559
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th June 2018
Page Count: 466
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Description

Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation covers one of the most endangered birds in North America, and the subject of intense research and highly visible conservation activity. The volume summarizes current biological information on Whooping Cranes and provides the basis for future research necessary for conservation of this species.

This edited volume concentrates on work completed in the past 20 years in the areas of population biology, behavior and social structure, habitat use, disease and health, captive breeding, and Whooping Crane conservation. Much of the information presented comes from the study and management of remnant and reintroduced populations of Whooping Cranes in the field; some information is from experimentation and breeding of captive Whooping Cranes.

Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation seeks to inform and galvanize action dedicated to meeting the challenges faced by Whooping Crane managers and conservationists. Thus, it describes one model of endangered species conservation and restoration that will interest a wide audience: professionals that work on cranes; researchers in the fields of small population biology, endangered species, and avian ecology; wildlife veterinarians and those involved in avian husbandry; administrators of management agencies or conservation organizations; conservationists in other fields; teachers of conservation biology or ornithology and their students; and the educated general public.

Key Features

  • Presents a comprehensive treatment of the biology and ecology of Whooping Cranes, including biology of both remnant and reintroduced populations of Whooping Cranes
  • Describes efforts over the past 45 years on conservation and the challenges of reintroducing an endangered species
  • Includes chapters from a variety of disciplinary and scale perspectives, ranging from evolution, to population ecology, behavior, habitat use, large landscape conservation, conflict, and conservation efforts
  • Features contributions that are readable, yet technically complete and fully referenced
  • Provides an example of partnership and collegial action that integrates information produced by scientific research and operational wildlife management
  • Edited and written by the leading Whooping Crane scholars and practitioners focused on this high-profile species of conservation concern

Readership

Professionals who work on cranes, including researchers in the fields of small population biology, endangered species, conservation, genetic management, avian breeding biology, wildlife veterinarians, captive breeding, habitat management, those involved in husbandry; administrators of management agencies or NGOs; conservationists in other fields; teachers of Conservation Biology or Ornithology and their students; and scholars, practitioners, decision-makers, students, and individuals interested in understanding the complex challenges and opportunities to conserving and restoring the world’s biological diversity

Table of Contents

1. Whooping Cranes Past and Present

JOHN B. FRENCH, SARAH J. CONVERSE, JANE E. AUSTIN

2. Phylogenetic Taxonomy of Cranes and the Evolutionary Origin of the Whooping Crane

CAREY KRAJEWSKI

3. Revisiting the Historic Distribution and Habitats of the Whooping Crane

JANE E. AUSTIN, MATTHEW A. HAYES, JEB A. BARZEN

4. Population and Breeding Range Dynamics in the Aransas-Wood Buffalo Whooping Crane Population

SCOTT WILSON, MARK BIDWELL

5. Monitoring Recruitment and Abundance of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo Population of Whooping Cranes: 1950–2015

BRADLEY N. STROBEL, MATTHEW J. BUTLER

6. Mortality in Aransas-Wood Buffalo Whooping Cranes: Timing, Location, and Causes

AARON T. PEARSE, DAVID A. BRANDT, BARRY K. HARTUP, MARK BIDWELL

7. Population Dynamics of Reintroduced Whooping Cranes

SARAH J. CONVERSE, SABRINA SERVANTY, CLINTON T. MOORE, MICHAEL C. RUNGE

8. Reproductive Failure in the Eastern Migratory Population: The Interaction of Research and Management

SARAH J. CONVERSE, BRADLEY N. STROBEL, JEB A. BARZEN

9. Florida’s Nonmigratory Whooping Cranes

TIM A. DELLINGER

10. Pairing Dynamics of Reintroduced Migratory Whooping Cranes

RICHARD P. URBANEK, EVA K. SZYSZKOSKI, SARA E. ZIMORSKI, LARA E.A. FONDOW

11. Movement Ecology of Reintroduced Migratory Whooping Cranes

THOMAS MUELLER, CLAIRE S. TEITELBAUM, WILLIAM F. FAGAN, SARAH J. CONVERSE

12. Ecological Energetics of Whooping Cranes in the Eastern Migratory Population

MEGAN J. FITZPATRICK, PAUL D. MATHEWSON, WARREN P. PORTER

13. Winter Habitat Ecology, Use, and Availability for the Aransas wood Buffalo Population of Whooping Cranes

ELIZABETH H. SMITH, FELIPE CHAVEZ-RAMIREZ, LUZ LUMB

14. Habitat Use by the Reintroduced Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes

JEB A. BARZEN, ANNE E. LACY, HILLARY L. THOMPSON, ANDREW P. GOSSENS

15. Ecological Implications of Habitat Use by Reintroduced and Remnant Whooping Crane Populations

JEB A. BARZEN

16. Advances in Conservation Breeding and Management of Whooping Cranes (Grus americana)

SANDRA R. BLACK, KELLY D. SWAN

17. Reproduction and Reproductive Strategies Relevant to Management of Whooping Cranes Ex Situ

NUCHARIN SONGSASEN, SARAH J. CONVERSE, MEGAN BROWN

18. Health of Whooping Cranes in the Central Flyway

BARRY K. HARTUP

19. Health and Disease Treatment in Captive and Reintroduced Whooping Cranes

GLENN H. OLSEN, BARRY K. HARTUP, SANDIE BLACK

20. Rearing and Release Methods for Reintroduction of Captive-Reared Whooping Cranes

BARRY K. HARTUP

21. The Operation of an Aircraft-Led Migration: Goals, Successes, Challenges 2001 to 2015

JOSEPH W. DUFF

22. Louisiana Nonmigratory Whooping Crane Reintroduction

SAMMY L. KING, WILL SELMAN, PHILLIP VASSEUR, SARA ZIMORSKI

23. Whooping Crane Shootings Since 1967

ELISABETH CONDON, WILLIAM B. BROOKS, JULIE LANGENBERG, DAVIN LOPEZ

24. Future of Whooping Crane Conservation and Science

SARAH J. CONVERSE, JOHN B. FRENCH, JANE E. AUSTIN

Details

No. of pages:
466
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2018
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Hardcover ISBN:
9780128035559

About the Series Editor

Philip Nyhus

Philip Nyhus is Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College in Maine, USA. His interdisciplinary research bridges the natural and social sciences to address human interactions with the environment, including endangered species conservation and recovery, human-wildlife conflict, large landscape conservation, and spatial modelling. He is co-editor of Tigers of the World: The Science, Politics and Conservation of Panthera tigris (2010).

Affiliations and Expertise

Environmental Studies Program, Colby College, Waterville, ME, USA

About the Series Volume Editor

John French

John is the Center Director of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and oversees research on a wide variety of topics including Wildlife Toxicology, Coastal Ecology, Population modeling and Decision Science, and a variety of monitoring programs including the N. American Bird Banding Lab and the Breeding Bird Survey. Patuxent also has responsibility for the North American vertebrate collections at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. John sits on the US-Canada Whooping Crane Recovery Team, and has been involved in whooping crane conservation for many years. John’s scientific training was in vertebrate ecology and physiology at the University of Wisconsin, and was hired initially at Patuxent to undertake research on wildlife toxicology.

Affiliations and Expertise

U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD USA

Sarah Converse

Sarah J. Converse is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, the Unit Leader of the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) & the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) at the University of Washington, Seattle. Prior to taking this position in early 2017, Sarah spent 10 years as a Research Ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, where among other research projects, she was deeply involved in research on the population ecology and conservation of reintroduced Whooping Cranes. Sarah’s research program is built around two themes – quantitative population ecology of endangered species and decision analysis applications in endangered species management.

Affiliations and Expertise

U.S. Geological Survey, Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) & School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS), University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Jane Austin

Dr. Jane Austin is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. Her research and writing have focused on the ecology and management of cranes, waterfowl, and other waterbirds in the northern U.S. Her interest in cranes developed during a study of the crane breeding ecology and population management of greater Sandhill Cranes in southeast Idaho. She became actively involved in the North American Crane Working Group, which led to work with the International Crane Foundation on international crane conservation issue. Jane served on the external review team for the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership and has been involved with other projects focusing on ecology, habitat use, and management of North America’s cranes.

Affiliations and Expertise

U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND, USA

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