They Have Arrived!

At 2:45pm yesterday and after a flight aboard a private jet, which took off at 9:30am from Baltimore, Maryland, the seven young Whooping cranes that comprise the Class of 2014 were released from their individual crates in the enclosure at the White River Marsh training facility.

First out was number 10-14. When Richard van Heuvelen opened the crate door, she at first stayed inside, looking out at her new surroundings. While she was getting her bearings, Richard has the second and third crate opened.

One-by-one they all tentatively stepped out into the bright sunlight, looking great after their long trip to Wisconsin.

As always our sincerest gratitude goes out to Windway Capital and their wonderful pilot Mike Frakes and his friend Jose Figueroa and to Dr. Jennifer Hausmann, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Zoo Medicine Resident and Ashley Krisp, ICF Veterinary Student Research Intern.

Also on hand for the move was Doug Pellerin and Tom Schultz who always lend an experienced helping hand when we need them. Thank you boys…

Here are some photos captured yesterday.

Doug Pellerin and Richard van Heuvelen off-load each crate onto Wisconsin soil Photo: Tom Schultz

Doug Pellerin and Richard van Heuvelen off-load each crate onto Wisconsin soil. (Photo: Tom Schultz)

Our youngest, number 10-14 was the first out of her crate inside the enclosure at White River Marsh in Green Lake County, WI.

Our youngest, number 10-14 was the first out of her crate inside the enclosure at White River Marsh in Green Lake County, WI.

Very quickly the young Whooping cranes began exploring their new surroundings. Pictured are foreground: #10-14, right: #3-14 and back left: #9-14 (Photo: Tom Schultz)

Very quickly the young Whooping cranes began exploring their new surroundings. Pictured are foreground: #10-14, right: #3-14 and back left: #9-14 (Photo: Tom Schultz)

Doug entices #4-14 to check out the water basin. (Photo: Tom Schultz)

Doug entices #4-14 to check out the water basin. (Photo: Tom Schultz)

 

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4 Comments

  1. Nancy Freeman July 11, 2014 4:45 pm

    …and we’re off !! Hoping for a VERY successful season for these most precious birds…….thanks OM for all th photos keeping us updated…we feel like we are there with all of you,albeit on the other side of the monitor 🙂
    …..huge and special thanks to Windway Capital…..you made it happen for all of us !!

  2. Warrenwesternpa July 10, 2014 7:33 am

    10 July 2014 They Have Arrived Heather Ray

    Oh my gosh! To White River at last. The first notice is how big the chicks are already. Then, the boxes are luminescent and let the light in! And then, how big the Cessna Caravan is!

    Thank you Windway Capital for the gift of transport to our Whooper chicks and their future generations.

  3. Margie Tomlinson July 9, 2014 7:38 pm

    Great photos! Great job! Great people! Thank you all at OM for bringing this all to us AGAIN! So glad all made it safe & sound! (<3)

  4. Russell Allison July 9, 2014 4:08 pm

    Welcome to Wisconsin Ladies and Gentleman. Be safe and enjoy the next few months of training. I will enjoy watching you grow up and take your first flight. Go Whoopers.