A Glimpse into the Journal of a CraneCam Viewer…

Guest Author: Jo-Anne Bellemer – Certified Craniac

November 23, 2012  – What an exciting day!  The 2012 whooper cohort flew into St. Marks Wildlife Refuge to start the next phase of their lives and I got to watch!  Saw all the people on the ground watching Joe lead the birds in a circle to give them a great look… what showoffs those birds are!  Gee, I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be a devoted follower and supporter of OM in the days before there was a webcam.  As a “chick viewer”, watching training in WI, and then watching migration right from the “trike”; well, it’s by far the most exciting part of my day!

November 24, 2012 – Up early and no chicks to watch…  what a strange and empty feeling!  Those babies became part of my every day for what, something like 5 months?   🙁

February 14, 2013 – At least there are still some OM “viewers” hanging around the Ustream chat room.  It feels good to commiserate about there being no cranes to watch with people who understand.  Of course we all want to know when the cam will be back on, how many chicks will OM have, when will migration start, who’s going to Crane Fest, and did OM fully fund the mile-maker campaign.

May 23, 2013 – Chicks have hatched!  OM will have birds to train!!!  When can I see them?????    OK, I know that ICF will have their cam online soon and I can definitely get a baby whooper fix there, but it’s not quite the same.  I want to see “our” babies!!!

June 10, 2013 – WHOOP!  Today’s Field Journal says there will be a live broadcast with “our” chicks in just 2 days!  

June 12, 2013 – What a morning!  It feels like the OM CraneCam season has started, but it was just a tease.  But what a tease!   We got to see 7 chicks in “circle pen training” and I think every one of us viewers had a box of tissue next to the computer.  The babies were much bigger than I expected at only about 1 month old, but man were they CUTE!!!  And already so determined to follow and keep up with that crazy puppet hanging out of the trike.  They obviously had their marching orders from Brooke that today was their big debut, and they performed beautifully.  And did I mention how CUTE they are!!!

June 13, 2013 – No chicks to watch.  Now what do I do???

Ed. note: Patience young Craniac, patience. The CraneCam will broadcast fulltime beginning when ‘your’ chicks arrive at the White River Marsh in Wisconsin on July 9.

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  1. Margie Tomlinson June 14, 2013 10:50 pm

    Thank you so much, Jo-Anne, for representing those of us from the other side of the screen, and the country! Very well said! (from your next door neighbor in OR.)

  2. Babs – WA June 13, 2013 12:56 pm

    Jo-Anne, you said it all .. and perfectly!!!

    Even though trying to pry my eyes open at 4 in the morning was a bit of a challenge, I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. About the only change I did was not start with a box of tissues .. but I bypassed that step and started with a roll of paper towels!! Lol …

    Thank you for sharing .. I feel like I’ve come ‘home’ again!