A total of eight wild hatched chicks have popped out of their eggs over the past 12 days!

Five Whooping cranes pairs produced the eight fluffballs, however, at this point we are not sure all eight are still surviving. It’s very difficult to spot a 7-9 inch tall crane chick in the marsh – both from the ground when it’s concealed by taller vegetation and from the air when the same vegetation camouflages it. See the image below to understand how difficult it is to spot a chick from the air.

We’ll continue to hope for the best, as we know you will, until we get confirmation.

Congratulations to the following pairs:

13-03* & 9-05 produced chicks W1-14 and W2-14
19-04* & 12-02 produced chick W3-14
DAR42-09* & 24-09 produced chicks W4-14 and 5-14
24-08* & 14-08 produced chicks W6-14 and W7-14
15-09* & 11-09 produced chick W8-14

wild whooping crane chick

Wisconsin DNR pilot Bev Paulan captured this image showing 13-03* & 9-05 with two chicks on May 16th.  Can you spot them? Scroll down to see where the chicks are.





Did you find them?

Did you find them?

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  1. Bikebrains May 20, 2014 4:19 pm

    Any news on the black fly infestation ?

  2. Dorothy Nordness May 20, 2014 2:21 pm

    A goodly crop of newbies!!! May the Force protect them all!!

  3. Dave Sapko May 20, 2014 1:43 pm

    9-05 still in the game!