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Black flies endanger whooping crane nests

7:40 PM, May 25, 2013
A plastic whooping crane replica and plaster-filled egg are potential lures for black flies at a baited insect trap within Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin. Researchers are testing whether the egg and white bird with a red head are attractive to black flies.
A plastic whooping crane replica and plaster-filled egg are potential lures for black flies at a baited insect trap within Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin. Researchers are testing whether the egg and white bird with a red head are attractive to black flies.
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Groups working to increase the whooping crane population in central Wisconsin are looking at the effect of a small pest that could mean the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge isn't the best home for the birds.

The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, a coalition of public and private groups reintroducing endangered whooping cranes in eastern North America, is studying how black flies are interfering with nesting, said Jeb Barzen, International Crane Foundation director of field ecology and chairman of the research and science team examining the causes of crane nest abandonment.

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