Meet the Whooping crane Class of 2013!

Here are the first two Whooping crane chicks in the Class of 2013!

Crane number 1-13 hatched on May 14 in the early morning hours. He/she (yet to be determined) along with its slightly younger flockmate number 2-13 were introduced to the aircraft yesterday for the first time. Scroll down to watch a video clip showing this process.


The image below shows crane chick number 2-13 who hatched hours after #1-13 on May 14th.


Check back this week to meet the other cranes in the Class of 2013!

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  1. Lori (loriearn) May 21, 2013 10:15 pm

    These 2 chicklets already own my heart!! Are both Daddy Brooke & Geoff at Patuxent now?

  2. M. L. Walsh May 21, 2013 9:14 pm

    Really something to think these tiny little chicks will grow into such large and beautiful cranes. Thank you for the pictures and video.

  3. Warrenwesternpa May 21, 2013 8:56 pm

    So wonderful to see the cinnamon. God bless you all!

  4. Vicki May 21, 2013 5:26 pm

    The fun starts!

  5. Mary Beth Mattison May 21, 2013 2:04 pm

    It’s so neat to see the chick growing accustomed to the sound of the ultra-light!

  6. Margie Tomlinson May 21, 2013 11:40 am

    Awwwwww, how can anyone not love these little chicks? So glad to see you #1 & #2-13. Welcome to the World and OM “tumes”and sounds. Thanks so much for the photos and video, Heather! Do I dare ask how #3 is doing?

  7. Kathleen Kaska May 21, 2013 10:26 am

    It’s always nice to have my first cup of morning coffee with the chicks. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Ruth Mitchell May 21, 2013 8:49 am

    OH!!! I am in love already!! And I didn’t realize how much I had missed the sound of The Brood Call!!!! Thank you for sharing 1-13 and 2-13 with us!!

  9. Joey Urey-Kramer May 21, 2013 7:46 am

    thanks for sharing and making me smile in this day of seeing tragedy from the storms. Definitely deserves a WHOOP! and yes in caps….