There are currently 15 pairs of cranes still on nests in central Wisconsin. The newly hatched chick, #W1-12 and parents are doing well. An additional pair is due to hatch a chick hopefully yesterday or today.  Of the remaining 14 active nests, 3 are due to hatch within the next week.

Be sure to check out Journey North’s final update for the Spring season, which include a great table listing all nests from the current season.

The following images were captured on May 1st and show the pair consisting of 5-09* and 33-07 with their second nest attempt of the season.

One crane appears to be rolling the egg while the mate watches.

After rolling the egg the adult settles in for a period of incubation while the mate forages nearby. Whooping crane parents share incubation duties.

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