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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Whooping Crane! The Successes and Challenges of Reintroducing Whooping Cranes


May 28, 2020 10:41 AM

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Hillary Thompson
North America Program Crane Analyst @International Crane Foundation
Hillary grew up in central Wisconsin, with cranes calling outside her country home. She left the nest and spread her wings at UW-Madison, where she earned a B.S. in Zoology, Conservation Biology and Scandinavian Studies. From there, she migrated out west and studied a variety of species and ecosystems ranging from Mountain Pine Beetles in the forests of the Yellowstone area to sea lions and fish of the Pacific Northwest. She returned to Wisconsin for a Crane Research Internship at the International Crane Foundation and has been studying cranes ever since. She earned her M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University, studying wintering habitat of Whooping Cranes in the Eastern Migratory Population. Now she is a biologist studying reintroduced Whooping Cranes for the International Crane Foundation’s North America Program. Hillary coordinates monitoring of Whooping Cranes throughout the flyway and works with interns, voluntenteers and partner organizations.