Making Progress

This morning’s satellite hits just arrived and we can now confirm that females 2-15 and 7-14 ARE traveling together. The three males in the group do not have PTT devices so unless they’re spotted by someone, we’ll have no way of knowing if the group of five is still intact.

Just a reminder if you do see a Whooping crane, please report your sighting using this link:

It would appear 2-15 & 7-14 roosted last night in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky – roughly 500 miles north of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County, Florida.


The yellow place markers indicate our southward migration stopovers. The sunbursts mark the locations of the cranes on their unaided return flight.

With a storm system to their west rolling through today, they will likely stay put but they’re more than halfway home!

The remaining five Whooping cranes in the Class of 2015 are still at the winter release site.

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  1. Catherine Wohlfeil March 24, 2016 9:09 pm

    Go 2-15!! You can do it girl!!

  2. Elsie Sealander March 24, 2016 7:53 pm

    Thank you so much for the latest information.

  3. PattiLat March 24, 2016 6:14 pm

    Thank you for these up dates. Wonderful news – 500 miles so quick!

  4. Kay Huey March 24, 2016 5:05 pm

    OM, you certainly taught them well! I’m tingling all over.

  5. Dorothy N March 24, 2016 4:54 pm

    We followed ’em down and we’ll follow them up! Thanks for the report and the maps!

  6. Dan Harvey March 24, 2016 4:30 pm

    What if (praying hard as I type this)…just what if the ultra led birds had a record year of of babies that were NOT abandoned by the parents?

    I suggest at least a few bird lovers might have to eat some crow.

    • Dora Giles March 28, 2016 12:59 pm

      That would be the greatest ever! I pray for the same thing.!


  7. Christy March 24, 2016 12:58 pm

    Great news!
    Thank you, Operation Migration!!

  8. Mindy March 24, 2016 12:03 pm

    The PTTs and CTTs are invaluable to locate each crane. So glad for those. Oh how I wish they all had them, the males too…..

  9. P. Doms March 24, 2016 11:04 am

    Correction to make sense. Not going about but above 500 feet like trip down. Truly want to see them all arrive safely and soon.

  10. P. Doms March 24, 2016 11:02 am

    I am amazed at the speed (time) they are doing traveling north. Must have some good tail winds and not afraid of going about 500 feet!!!!

  11. Kathy Moore March 24, 2016 10:36 am

    If only the first migration South could be so quick! That first flight North must be awesome.

  12. Russell Allison March 24, 2016 10:18 am

    Another great spring day. Go Whoopers!!! Thank you OM for making this happen.

  13. Leota Hopper March 24, 2016 9:48 am

    Thank you Heather, looks like our couple is traveling together and on their way to their summer home. They are really traveling in those two days. Be safe 2-15 and 7-14 and all the other Whooping Cranes.
    The class of 2015 will venture out in their own time!

  14. Sue McCurdy March 24, 2016 8:56 am

    But, where is 9-13?

    • Heather Ray March 24, 2016 8:58 am

      Unless he phones us or is spotted we have no way of knowing.

      • Mindy March 24, 2016 12:04 pm

        Will there be a flyover soon to maybe locate him and others?

        • Heather Ray March 24, 2016 2:57 pm

          Talk about the proverbial needle in a haystack… It’s a flyway approximately 1300 miles long and 100 miles wide.

  15. Barb March 24, 2016 8:53 am

    They sure seem to be focused on their mission to get to their summer home. Go Whoopers.

  16. Susan O’Connell March 24, 2016 8:53 am

    WOW! 500 miles in 2 days!