Aerial Surveys

Wisconsin DNR’s Bev Paulan flew over the Juneau County, Wisconsin on Wednesday this week and reports our three wild hatched Whooping cranes are still with their parents. Further she stated that the oldest, no. W3-15 was exhibiting a bit of independance as it was located approximately 20 meters from its parents initially but as she circled to take a photo, it ran to join dad (10-09).

To recap the wild hatched chicks still on the landscape, we have:

  • W3-15 with parents 10-09/17-07*
  • W10-15 with parents 2-04/25-09*
  • W18-15 with parents 3-04/9-03*
The oldest wild hatched Whooping crane, no. 3-15 and 10-09.

The oldest wild hatched Whooping crane, no. 3-15 and 10-09.

Over toward the east, in the Wisconsin ‘Rectangle’ we have no chicks, however DNR pilot Mike Callahan flew a survey yesterday and reported finding the following Whooping cranes:

  • 16-11 (with his Sandhill mate), 4-13, 9-13/7-14 at Horicon NWR
  • 4-12/3-14, 5-12, 4-14 (aka Peanut), 9-14 & 10-14 at White River Marsh SWA

BIG thanks to Wisconsin DNR Pilots Bev Paulan and Mike Callahan for their excellent flying and radio-telemetry skills – all while wielding a camera!

Whooping crane 16-11

Whooping crane 16-11

Whooping crane 4-13

Whooping crane 4-13

9-13 & 7-14. The latter was the only crane in the Class of 2015 to make the entire northward migration from Florida. She returned with 4 & 9-13.

9-13 & 7-14. The latter was the only crane in the Class of 2015 to make the entire northward migration from Florida. She returned with 4 & 9-13.

4-12 & 3-14 have been dubbed 'The Royal Couple' by CraneCam viewers. This is the pair that frequents the White River Marsh training area.

4-12 & 3-14 have been dubbed ‘The Royal Couple’ by CraneCam viewers. This is the pair that frequents the White River Marsh training area.

3 yr. old male 5-12 on White River Marsh SWA.

3 yr. old male 5-12 on White River Marsh SWA.

One yr. old male 4-14, aka Peanut.

One yr. old male 4-14, aka Peanut.

Two female flockmates from the Class of 2014: 9 & 10-14.

Two female flockmates from the Class of 2014: 9 & 10-14 with several Sandhill friends.

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6 Comments

  1. Annelise Jorgensen August 4, 2015 6:18 pm

    Just wonderful to learn that 3 Wild-Hatched WCs of 2015 are still around. Hopefully, they will also migrate with the parents!

  2. Kay Huey July 31, 2015 10:54 pm

    Molly, the last I heard, Tiny Dancer was dancing alone in Livingston County, Illinois. Check out OM’s July 22, 2015, Field Journal. It’s a great site — lots of fields, a lovely little river, and a place to hide.

    At the same time I, too, have wondered about her and her future.

    • Mollie Cook August 3, 2015 10:21 am

      Thank you Kay……..I remember that now. I wish she would “wander” back to WRM & hang with some older cranes but we just have to believe she knows what she’s doing & will do well on migration.

  3. lilbirdz July 31, 2015 11:48 am

    Thank you Bev and Mike. It’s so re-assuring to know that the chicklets/colts/juvies/WB’s we watched grow up and fly to FL now have their own lives and a chance at reproduction. It seems that 4-12 is “going steady” with 3-13, and I wonder if that is why he is no longer BFF’s with 5-12?

    http://operationmigration.org/InTheField

  4. Mollie Cook July 31, 2015 9:56 am

    What are PTT hits showing for #8-14 Tiny Dancer? Still in southern Wisconsin?

  5. Sue McCurdy July 31, 2015 7:18 am

    I especially love Peanut and the Royal Couple! Beautiful pictures.