Yes! you read that right – we currently have THREE sets of twins in the core reintroduction area of Wisconsin!
Wisconsin DNR’s Beverly Paulan performed an aerial survey yesterday and reported the first set of twins belong to 5-10* & 28-08. (click on each photo to enlarge)
Next on the roster is W3-10* with mate 29-08 with their two young offspring. Note: this would be second generation wild produced Whooping cranes, since Mom (W3-10) is a wild produced Whooping crane.
Also observed during the survey was 11 & 15-09* and their new chick W2-15, Adults 17-07* & 10-09 with their chick W3-15.
Pictured below is 18-03 & 36-09 provisioning their chick number W5-15. Look very closely…
To summarize, we’ve now had 11 wild produced crane chicks so far this season. Nine are currently surviving. Additionally, there are 14 pairs still incubating.
We should caution readers the chances a pair of Whooping cranes will successfully raise twins isn’t great. Still, we and I’m sure each of you, remain hopeful.
* following crane number denotes female