North American Crane Working Group

 

Date of this Version

1992

Document Type

Article

Citation

Gee, G.F., H.C. Dessauer, J. Longmire, W.E. Briles, and R.C. Simon. The study of relatedness and genetic diversity in cranes. In: Wood D. A., ed. 1992. Proceedings 1988 North American Crane Workshop, Feb. 22–24, 1988. Lake Wales, Florida (Tallahassee, FL: State of Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission Nongame Wildlife Program Technical Report #12, 1992), pp. 225-230.

Comments

Used by permission of the North American Crane Working Group.

Abstract

Dispersal patterns of juvenile parent-reared, captive produced Mississippi sandhill cranes (grus canadensis pulla) were monitored using radiotelemetry. Dispersal chronology and distance traveled by cranes differed among 4 releases and seemed to be influenced by rearing methods. Most cranes that had been placed in communal pens before release formed flocks when released. Cranes released without communal pen experience did not flock, but individually associated with native cranes. Nonflocking released cranes dispersed more rapidly and to a greater distance, but had lower survival.