For the first time since 1939 a wild Whooping crane has hatched in Louisiana!

Congratulations to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and everyone involved in the non-migratory flock reintroduction…

May you see many more fluffballs!

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  1. Jane Maher April 12, 2016 10:34 pm

    We have been told this is too young to nest successfully. Are they giving these guys hormones?

    • Mollie Cook April 13, 2016 12:22 pm

      “The female, is 4 years old and the male, is just 3 years old.”
      From KATC article (READ more here)

  2. CrabtowneMd April 12, 2016 8:25 pm

    YEAH for the Louisiana Whoopers !
    Is there any chance this wild chick will be taken Northward at the end of the summer to join a southbound migrating group?

    • Heather Ray April 13, 2016 4:22 am


  3. Maggie Turk April 12, 2016 7:35 pm

    That is a very interesting article. Thanks heaps.

  4. Barb April 12, 2016 6:13 pm

    This is just great! Why do some Whoopers migrate and other are happy to stay in the South? Because they haven’t been taught to migrate?????

    • Heather Ray April 12, 2016 7:32 pm


      • Barb April 12, 2016 10:04 pm

        If the birds are happy, safe and reproducing in the South, why is it important to have migration into the picture?

        • Heather Ray April 13, 2016 4:29 am

          If there are enough resources to sustain a flock in the south a resident population would do well. But what if, for example, a hurricane were to occur, or a chemical spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or their food source gets depleted? Birds have been migrating for centuries to find the best available conditions. Moving from north to south allows birds to escape the harsh winters. Migrating north each spring would allow food sources to replenish over the summer months.

          • Barb April 13, 2016 9:03 am

            Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. One more, please:) Can adult Whoopers be taught to migrate? Or is that something that must be taught as fledglings?

          • Heather Ray April 13, 2016 10:16 am

            As adults they would not follow an aircraft and I don’t believe there is another method to teach migration.

      • Lori Verhagen April 13, 2016 7:37 pm

        I found this if it helps, and there are all sorts of links on the bottom of the page, too;