QUITE the Exciting Saturday

We knew the two male Whooping cranes from last year are in the area. They’ve been spotted on the CraneCam a couple of times but Saturday morning they had more than their 15 minutes of fame when they stayed at the training site for an hour and a half.

Sub-adult’s 4-12 & 5-12 flew in from the north shortly after 6am CT and after showing some aggression toward the crane chicks through the fence of the wet pen they greeted the costumes and the aircraft shortly after Richard van Heuvelen landed.

Watch the following video with narration from Joe Duff to explain what is happening. And tune into the CraneCam – you never know who or what will show up!

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  1. John S. Perilloux July 30, 2013 6:41 am

    I seldom watch a video in its entirety, but this one was so interesting that I watched it to the end.. Great.

  2. Dianne Mumola July 29, 2013 8:43 pm

    This was absolutely wonderful!! Cannot tell you how much I learned just by watching this amazing video. It is a wonderful learning tool….would love more narrated videos like this. And, what an absolute thrill to see the 2 whoopers from last year return…even if they were a little bit of a pain…lol! Many, many thanks!!

  3. JeanneAH July 29, 2013 7:51 pm

    Joe, Heather, I learned so much from this video, had watched a few times w/out narration, just fascinating to hear the experts comments! Thanks so much for taking the time to educate us all.

  4. Margie Tomlinson July 29, 2013 6:33 pm

    Thank you so much, Joe & Heather, for adding the commentary to this amazing/wonderful video/LIVE broadcast! It was History in the making – so educational for all about the social behavior of these Whooping Cranes! Absolutely beautiful/wonderful for all to see! (And, certainly good for your PR purposes!) Thanks again! 🙂

  5. Kathleen Kaska July 29, 2013 5:29 pm

    It was nice to hear Joe’s report on the two big boys who came back. They shouldn’t get too cocky, though. I’m sure the chicks are taking notes.


  6. Kay July 29, 2013 4:13 pm

    Perfectly fascinating. I saw most of this interaction when it happened. How nice to have an explanation!

  7. evelyn July 29, 2013 1:49 pm

    Absolutely fascinating. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and letting us know what it all means. The 2012’s are just beautiful and that is in no small feat to you all.

  8. Deanna Uphoff July 29, 2013 10:22 am

    Oh wow! This was fabulous! So informative. I will watch this many times. Thank you so much. I plan to share this with others who don’t know much about our whoopers. Richard was awesome with the burdies. Joe and Heather your comments were so great. Thanks again!

  9. Ruth Mitchell July 29, 2013 7:00 am

    Thank you so very very much, Joe and Heather for sharing your knowledge and your love of these wonderful cranes, as you walked us through the exciting training on Saturday! I loved the interaction between our White Birds and our chicks and having your comments and explanations of what was happening just made it all the more special!!! Thank you so much!!!

  10. Lori (loriearn) July 29, 2013 6:16 am

    Extraordinary!!!! The narration puts things in perspective.