Whooping Crane Survey Results

Wisconsin DNR’s Bev Paulan was able to get a flight in yesterday morning over the core nesting area and found the following:

5-10/28-08 with twin chicks W6-15 & W7-15 – Marathon County (photo below)
17-07/10-09 with W3-15 – Juneau County
W3-10 with W8-15  – Juneau Co. (photo below)
36-09/18-03/W5-15 – Juneau Co.
11-09/15-09/W2-15 – Juneau Co.
2-04/25-09/W10-15 – Juneau Co. (only 1 chick seen)
14-08/24-08 with W12-15 on nest – Juneau Co.
3-11/7-11 with new chick (W13-15) in Adams Co.  (1 egg still in nest)

There has been a record 37 nests this season from 27 pairs (10 renests). While 13 chicks have hatched this season, 9 currently remain.

The following pairs are still incubating:
5-05/32-09 off nest but adjacent. Two eggs were seen.

Other birds seen:
28-05 with 3 Sandhill cranes – Wood County
12-02/4-11 on territory Wood Co.
7-09/26-10 with Non-functional transmitter (possibly 29-08–there was alot of threat posturing going on) – Juneau Co.
13-03/9-05 (no chick) – Juneau Co.
19-09/25-10 – Juneau Co.
4-08/34-09 – Juneau Co.
37-07 – Juneau Co.
18-02/13-02 – Juneau Co.
11-02/20-14 – Juneau Co.
5-11/12-11 – Juneau Co.
6-09/7-12 – Juneau Co.
24-09/42-09 off nest – Adams Co.
19-11/17-11 – Adams Co.
6-11/15-11 – Juneau Co.

W6-15 & W7-15 with parents 5-10* & 28-08

W6-15 & W7-15 with parents 5-10* & 28-08

Wild hatched chick W8-15 with Mom W3-10

Wild hatched chick W8-15 with Mom W3-10

Huge thanks to Bev Paulan for her flying skills and sharp eye

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  1. Calistus Holland June 1, 2015 2:29 pm

    Have 4/12 or 5/12 been seen in or around the White River flight training facility in the last month. Please advise by email if possible. When they where here in 2013 iI was able to get pictures of them when they were foraging just north of Highway 73 on County Rd Y.


    • Heather Ray June 2, 2015 4:33 am

      yes, they are both in the White River Marsh area

  2. vannie Zychowicz May 29, 2015 11:59 pm

    Think you for letting us know how the whooper cranes are doing and which one have Baby’s and the one ho don’t


  3. Betsy May 29, 2015 4:38 pm

    Great update. Any news on the Patuxent chicks?

  4. Mindy May 29, 2015 1:42 pm

    Great flying, reporting and posting! Thank you!

  5. Kay Huey May 29, 2015 11:31 am

    I thoroughly agree with all of the above. I so appreciate all that you do. By the way, any notion when the new chicks (number?) will arrived in Wisconsin and our beloved Beast will be turned on?

  6. Grandma May 29, 2015 10:10 am

    Thanks to all that make these updates possible. It is wonderful of Bev Paulan to make these surveys to keep OM and followers up to date. It is appreciated.

  7. Bikebrains May 29, 2015 10:06 am

    What was the Black fly situation this year?

    • Heather Ray May 29, 2015 10:35 am

      Cool and windy weather prevailed, reducing the black fly count during nesting season.

  8. ffmn May 29, 2015 8:56 am

    These numbers looking soooo good!! I pray wx, predators, humans, will be good and sensible and stay out of their (whoopers) way> Thanks so much Bev P for your time and……caring.

  9. Marje Lloyd May 29, 2015 8:22 am

    what a great year for chicklets, thank you Bev!

  10. jan May 29, 2015 7:24 am

    great report. thanks Bev and Heather.