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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Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation covers one of the most endangered birds in North America and the research and conservation activity being conducted. It summarizes current biological information on Whooping Cranes and provides the basis for future research. The book concentrates on work completed in the past 20 years on population biology, behavior and social structure, habitat use, disease and health, captive breeding, and Whooping Crane conservation. Information presented comes from the study and management of remnant and reintroduced populations of Whooping Cranes in the field, from experimentation and breeding of captive Whooping Cranes, reintroducing the species to the wild, and challenges.

The book 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.

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


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
2. Taxonomy of cranes
3. Historical distribution of the Whooping Crane
4. Population dynamics and environmental factors of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo Whooping Crane population
5. Estimating recruitment and population size of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo population of Whooping Cranes
6. Location, timing, and cause-specific mortality of Aransas-Wood Buffalo Whooping Cranes
7. Population dynamics of reintroduced Whooping Cranes
8. Reproductive success in the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes
9. Breeding biology of non-migratory Whooping Cranes in Florida
10. Pairing dynamics of reintroduced migratory Whooping Cranes
11. Movement ecology of reintroduced migratory Whooping Cranes
12. Applications of a mechanistic model as a non-invasive tool to improve understanding of Whooping Crane ecology, energetics, and behavior
13. Whooping Crane habitat selection at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
14. Assessing habitat requirements for the reintroduction of an Eastern Migratory
15. Habitat selection in recently reintroduced Whooping Cranes: Wisconsin
16. Advances in captive breeding and management of captive populations of Whooping Cranes
17. Reproduction and reproductive technologies relevant to management of Whooping Cranes ex situ
18. Assessing health in the Aransas-Wood Buffalo Whooping Crane population
19. Health and disease treatment in captive and reintroduced Whooping Cranes
20. Comparing methods of release of juvenile Whooping Cranes
21. The operation of an ultralight-led migration: goals, successes, challenges
22. Louisiana non-migratory Whooping Crane reintroduction
23. Shooting deaths of Whooping Cranes
24. Future of Whooping Crane conservation and science


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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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