Eastern Crane Bulletin

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The Eastern Crane E-bulletin covers news about the Eastern Populations of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes, as well as general information about cranes and the continuing work for the protection of these birds and their habitats. 

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4 Responses to Eastern Crane Bulletin

    • KY4cranes says:

      Hello Linda. I would like to direct you to the Kentucky Sandhill Season page of this site. There was a long, contentious “battle” in 2010 ( started in 2008) to try and stop the KY Sandhill season but to no avail. The Governor has no say in hunt seasons in Kentucky. If you scroll down on the page I mentioned you can read rulings from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and our Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) vote for the crane season. It is ultimately up to USFWS that works with the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways to regulate seasons in the eastern states (just KY and TN so far) and sets the number of Sandhills killed each season.

      Kentucky’s season begins this Saturday, 12/16 and will run a month. Much better (still bad, but it is all relative) than TN with its 2-month long season and one that allows 4 times the number of cranes to be killed than here in KY ( “only” 400 Sandhills each season here). It makes me happy that no where near the 400 limit of cranes have been killed in any one season. I hold my breath until the season ends in January. Another concern is for the safety of Whooping Cranes. KDFWR posts warnings on the agency website if Whooping Cranes are in the area so hunters are aware of the birds’ presence, but the hunt is not stopped.

      While your petition is commendable, at this juncture it really won’t accomplish anything and will probably fall on deaf ears. The killings will take place in the state. According to USFWS hunts in KY and TN will be suspended ONLY if the total population of Greater Sandhill Cranes in the eastern migratory population fall below 30,000 birds.

      Thank you for your concern for our Sandhill Cranes!

      Mary Yandell
      KY Coalition for Sandhill Cranes

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  2. There’s certainly a lot to know about this issue.
    I really like all of the points you have made.

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