Appendix C
Confirmed Whooping Crane Sightings in Central Platte River Study Area, 1942-2003

Compiled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service



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Endangered and Threatened Species of the Platte River Appendix C Confirmed Whooping Crane Sightings in Central Platte River Study Area, 1942-2003 Compiled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Endangered and Threatened Species of the Platte River Group ID Number of Cranes Year Confirmed River Use Dates of Usea 42A-1 3 1942 Y 4/5 43A-1 1 1943 Y 4/4 50A-1 1 1950 N 5/4 59B-2 2 1959 N 10/26 66B-2 5 1966 Y 10/21-22 74B-5 2 1974 Y 10/31-11/1 75A-6 7 1975 Y 4/18-19 75A-7 5 1975 Y 4/19-20 77A-4 1 1977 Y 3/29 80A-11 2 1980 Y 4/16-18 80A-12 2 1980 Y 4/18 83B-21 5 1983 Y 10/27-28 83B-22 3 1983 N 10/28 85A-6 4 1985 N 4/8 85B-18 3 1985 Y 10/20-21 86B-58 3 1986 Y 11/4-5 86B-88 3 1986 N 11/7 87A-1 1 1987 Y 3/17-4/19 87A-13 2 1987 N 4/16 87B-2 2 1987 Y 10/21-22 88A-1 2 1988 Y 3/24-26 88A-2 2 1988 Y 3/26-4/7 88A-3 1 1988 Y 4/1-11 88A-4 1 1988 Y 4/3-4 89A-1 1 1989 Y 3/24-4/14 89A-13 1 1989 Y 4/16-17 89B-5 4 1989 Y 10/13-14 89B-18 2 1989 Y 11/4 90A-4 3 1990 Y 4/14-15 90B-15 3 1990 Y 10/26-27 92A-3 2 1992 Y 4/10 92A-4 4 1992 Y 4/10-11 92A-5 6 1992 Y 4/10-11 92A-10 5 1992 Y 4/14 93A-2 5 1993 Y 4/9-10 93A-3 2 1993 Y 4/9-10 93A-4 2 1993 Y 4/9-10 93B-16 1 1993 N 10/23 94A-1 6 1994 N 4/4

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Endangered and Threatened Species of the Platte River Location, milesb Bridge Segmentc River Milesd Comment 3 E Lexington Bridge W —   4 W Kearney Bridge 9 —   SE of Overton 11 NA   6 S, 5 E of Overton 11 NA   6 NE of Philips 1 158   2 E Minden (#10) Bridge 7 206   0.5 E Odessa Bridge 9 223.5 Some of 9 birds hazed from Funk basin 0.5 E Odessa Bridge 9 223.5   2 E Minden (#10) Bridge 7 206   Audubon Sanctuary 6,7 207 Assumed same birds as 80A-12 1 E Minden/I-80 Interchange 7 —   6 SE of Shelton 5 191.1   7 SE of Shelton 5 NA Joined 83B-21 6 S, 2 W of Shelton 6 NA Early AM; probable river use 1.5 E Minden (#10) Bridge 7 206.4   2 E Kearney Bridge 8 213 Assumed same birds as 86B-88 1.5 S, 1 E of Hwy 44/I-80 Interchange 8 NA   W of Gibbon Bridge (Lowell area) 6,7 202.9- 206.4   Mormon Island Crane Meadows 3 NA Brief stop during day’s migration 1.25 E Gibbon Bridge 6 201.2   0.75 W Minden (#10) Bridge 8 208.6, 209.6 Group moved to Odessa (88A-2) 3 W Odessa Bridge 9,10 226.3 227.6 See 88A-1 3 W Wood River Bridge 5 189.5- 189.8   1 W Alda Bridge 4 183 Possibly same bird as 88A-3 2.5 W Wood River Bridge 5 188- 191.1   3 W Minden (#10) Bridge 8 211   2.5 W Wood River Bridge 5     2 E Alda Bridge 3-4 180 2nd site 2 W Alda Bridge 0.5 W Minden (#10) Bridge 7 207.5   2.25 E Shelton Bridge 5 193.5 Originally 2.5 W Wood River 0.5 E Gibbon Bridge 6 201.5 Joined 92A-4 to roost 2 W Gibbon Bridge 7 204.3 Includes 92A-3 birds 0.25 E Overton Bridge 11 239.0   2.5 W Gibbon Bridge 7 204.7 Probably roosted 4/13-14 1.5 W Gibbon Bridge 7 206.5   E of Alda Bridge 3 180.2   1 W Wood River Bridge 5 188.1   1 S, 1 E Elm Creek 10 NA   3.5 S of Grand Island 2 NA Corn stubble, middle to late morning

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Endangered and Threatened Species of the Platte River Group ID Number of Cranes Year Confirmed River Use Dates of Usea 94A-3 2 1994 Y 4/4 94A-4 2 1994 Y 4/4-6 94A-8 2 1994 N 4/5 94A-14 1 1994 Y 4/14 94A-15 1 1994 Y 4/14 95A-8 2 1995 Y 4/14 95A-21 1 1995 Y 5/8-14 95B-5 5 1995 Y 10/25 96A-3 1 1996 N 3/30 96A-9 3 1996 N 4/7-9 96A-10 2 1996 Y 4/10 96A-11 3 1996 Y 4/11 96A-21 1 1996 N 4/20 96A-22 3 1996 Y 4/20-21 96A-31 2 1996 Y 5/8-13 97A-1 1 1997 Y 3/9 97A-2 1 1997 Y 3/10-4/17 97A-3 1 1997 Y 3/19-4/7 97A-6 1 1997 N 4/14 97A-7 2 1997 Y 4/14-16 97A-17 3 1997 Y 4/15-17 97A-18 1 1997 N 4/16-19 98A-1 1 1998 Y 2/15-3/25 98A-3 1 1998 Y 3/23-4/9 98A-4 1 1998 N 3/27-28 98A-6 1 1998 Y 3/30 98A-7 1 1998 N 4/3 98A-16 2 1998 N 4/14 98B-8 3 1998 Y 10/22-11/9 99A-1 1 1999 Y 3/4-23 99A-3 1 1999 N 3/23 99A-4 1 1999 N 3/21 99A-7 2 1999 N 4/3 00A-2 1 2000 Y 3/2-4/4 00A-4 1 2000 Y 3/8-16 00B-30 2 2000 Y 11/3 01A-07 3 2001 N 4/11 01B-13 1 2001 Y 10/23

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Endangered and Threatened Species of the Platte River Location, milesb Bridge Segmentc River Milesd Comment 1 E Gibbon Bridge 6     2.5 E of Minden Bridge 7 205.6, 206.6 2nd site 1.25 E of Minden Bridge 1 N, 1 W Hwy 10/I-80 Exit 8     1 downstream I-80 Bridge 2 171.5   1.5 upstream Gibbon Bridge 7 203.8 Rowe Sanctuary 5 S, 1 W Gibbon 7 203.1   0.5 N, 5 W Doniphan 3 180.6   2.75 E Hwy 10 Bridge 7 205.25   2 E Elm Creek 10 NA   3.5 S, 1.5 Odessa 9     2.5 upstream Wood River Bridge 5 191.1   0.5 upstream Wood River Bridge 4,5 187.8   2 N, 1 W Doniphan 3 NA Wet meadow, midday 1 W, 2 N Doniphan 3 176.6   2 S, 2 E Elm Creek 10 228.6   4.5 S, 1.75 W Gibbon 7 203.9   3 W Doniphan 3,4 183.1, 180.7, 178.4   4.5 S, 4 W Gibbon 7 205.7, 203.0, 204.0   6 S Gibbon 7 NA   2 S Gibbon 7 203.4   5 S, 2 W Gibbon 6,7 204.1   4.5 S, 1 W Overton 11,12   3 W Doniphan 3,4 NA   5.5 N, 4 E Doniphan 2 NA   4 S I-80 Alda Interchange 3,4 NA Likely roost on river 1.25 N, 1.75 W Doniphan 3 NA Adult with sandhills 2 N, 3 E I-80 Alda Exit 3 NA 5:00 PM, feeding with sandhills 6.5 S, 2.5 W Wood River 5 NA 8-11:15 AM, flooded pasture 1.25 E, Hwy 10 Bridge 7 204, 207.6 Rowe Sanctuary 3 S, E Gibbon 2,3,4,6     2 S, 2 W Wood River 5 NA Assumed same birds as 99A-2 1.75 S, 2 W Shelton 6     2.5 S, 1.5 E Overton/I-80 11 NA   2.5 W Doniphan 3     2.5 W Doniphan 3     1.5 W Gibbon Bridge 7     1.5 S, 2 E Gibbon Road/I-80 interchange 6     Platte River, 3 E (downstream) Hwy 10 Bridge 7    

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Endangered and Threatened Species of the Platte River Group ID Number of Cranes Year Confirmed River Use Dates of Usea 01B-37 3 2001 Y 11/4 02A-1 1 2002 Y 3/19-4/13 02B-1 1 2002 Y 10/13-14 02B-3 1 2002 Y 10/14 02B-40 8 2002 Y 11/1-10 02B-41 2 2002 Y 11/1-3 02B-42 3 2002 Y 11/1-10 02B-43 1 2002 Y 11/5-10 03A-3 2 2003 Y 4/3-4 03A-6 2 2003 Y 4/8 aWhen initial sighting occurred in early morning, arrival was assumed to be previous day. bOnly two Platte River Valley sightings west of Lexington. cLocations are distances in miles from identified landmark. dCorps of Engineers river miles. Sources: USFWS, Grand Island, unpublished data, 1975-2003.

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Endangered and Threatened Species of the Platte River Location, milesb Bridge Segmentc River Milesd Comment Platte River, 2.75 E (downstream Hwy 10) 7     2 S, 3 W Wood River Road /I-80 interchange 5     3 W Doniphan; Platte River west Alda Bridge 3,5     1 W of Rowe Sanctuary office 7     1.5 S, 0.75 W Doniphan 3     Near Odessa Bridge and upstream and downstream 9     Kearney Bridge       Upstream and downstream Alda Bridge 3,4     5 S, 3 W Chapman 1     0.25 E Minden Bridge 7     2.6 E Elm Creek Bridge 10