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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CRANE WORKSHOP 14:101-109
A reintroduction of whooping cranes (Grus americana) migrating between Wisconsin and the southeastern U.S. was initiated in 2001. A color-band system to uniquely identify individuals was necessary for monitoring and evaluation of that population. The system provided 336 individual unduplicated color combinations consisting of 3 base and 1 additional colors on plastic bands. The band combination on 1 leg carried a VHF transmitter and provided additional information on hatch year. Bands on the other leg were either small bands that were part of a permanent code or they were temporary and supported a remotely monitored (satellite or cellular) transmitter. Through 2017 the system has fully accommodated the identification and tracking requirements needed for the reintroduction and could continue to be used for a consistent method of identification in the future.