North American Crane Working Group

 

Date of this Version

1997

Document Type

Article

Citation

Olsen, Glenn H., Joanna A. Taylor, and George F. Gee. Whooping crane mortality at Patuxent Environmental Science Center, 1982-1995. In: Urbanek RP, Stahlecker DW, eds. 1997. Proceedings of the Seventh North American Crane Workshop, 1996 Jan 10-13, Biloxi, Mississippi. Grand Island, NE: North American Crane Working Group. pp. 243-48.

Comments

Used by permission of the North American Crane Working Group.

Abstract

Whooping cranes (Grus americana) have been reared at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center since 1966. During 1982-95 there were 103 mortalities caused by infectious and parasitic diseases (46%), trauma (21 %), anatomic abnormalities (17%), miscellaneous conditions (12 %) I and open or no diagnoses (5 %). The implications that disease may have on new whooping crane flocks in Florida and Canada are discussed, based on these mortality factors in captivity.