Blind Date Anyone?

Are you interested in viewing the training activities of the 2015 cohort at White River Marsh?

Since the young Whooping crane colts are not yet flying very well (that could change any day now!), you will be able to watch their activities just about the entire time that they are out for training – and the view from the blind is excellent. Binoculars are helpful for getting a closer view, and you are welcome to bring your camera as well (to be used without flash).

To arrange to participate in a blind tour and check available dates, please contact Doug Pellerin by email:  pelican0711(AT) or call him at 920-923-0016 between the hours of noon and 7:00 PM Central time. These tours will happen somewhat early in the morning – starting by 6:00 AM – while the day is still cool.

You should probably plan for about two hours, although the tour could be somewhat shorter or longer, and not all of this time will be spent in the blind itself. There will typically be opportunities for questions before and after the blind visit – but please remember that you will not be allowed to leave the viewing blind while the cranes are outside of their enclosure.

We hope that you will be able to take advantage of this great opportunity to observe these beautiful endangered birds. It is not a memory that will be soon forgotten!

Take a look at some of the images captured by Deb Potts this past Wednesay while inside the viewing blind! (thanks Deb for sharing)

Costumed Doug Pellerin behind

Costumed Doug Pellerin behind Whooping crane 2-15 as she exits the enclosure.


Number 6-15

Number 6-15


Whooping crane 1-15 gives one of the adults a piece of her mind.

Adults 3-14 (F) & 4-12 (M)

Adults 3-14 (F) & 4-12 (M)


3 yr. old male Whooping crane #4-12

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  1. Deb Potts July 27, 2015 8:09 am

    Thanks everybody and yes, the blind is a great way to see these young birds and occasionally the returning adults. I highly recommend a blind visit. 🙂

  2. Ann Gillis July 26, 2015 6:41 pm

    Loved seeing these babies. Wonderful photos!

  3. Janice July 24, 2015 11:53 am

    Great photos! I especially like the one of Doug and the crane chick. nicely done!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. thunder July 24, 2015 9:51 am

    Thank you Deb for the wonderful pictures. Talk about a birds eye view. Lucky You!! Bet you were all smiles the whole time.

  5. Pal41Joey July 24, 2015 7:57 am

    I can hardly wait!!! Exciting times ahead for this and the Crane Festival and meeting everyone!

  6. Sue McCurdy July 24, 2015 7:30 am

    Wow! Great pictures. We were up there in August last year, but couldn’t find the place to see them. It’s a long way from Gainesville, FL. I still think you should fly some of them to Paynes Prairie.