2015 Whooping Cranes

You may recall last week I said all the juveniles in the 2015 aircraft-led cohort had pretty much stayed put.

This week it’s a different story. After staying at their Marquette County location for about a week, the group of four moved east to Sheboygan County, WI. We know they’re exact location but will not divulge so as to protect them.

Doug Pellerin checked on them yesterday during his weekly volunteer tracking rounds and sent us the following photos to share:

Young cranes: 6, 8, 10 & 11-15 foraging in corn stubble in Sheboygan County, WI yesterday. Photo: Doug Pellerin

Young cranes: 6, 8, 10 & 11-15 foraging in corn stubble in Sheboygan County, WI yesterday. Photo: Doug Pellerin


Photo: Doug Pellerin


Photo: Doug Pellerin

Doug reports there is a private wetland where the group appears to be roosting in the evenings.

Female crane #2-15 remains in Door County, Wisconsin and we’ve had to telemetry data on crane #1-15, which means she’s in an area with no cellular service.

Have you checked out the CraneCam yet? Yesterday was the first day of broadcasting a live stream from White River Marsh and we had four Whooping cranes sightings!

Pictured below is the pair 3-14/4-12 on the wing.

Capture: Cathy Fouche

Capture: Cathy Fouche

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  1. Margie Tomlinson May 3, 2016 7:42 am

    Do we have beautiful/gorgeous birds, or what?!!! WHOOP, WHOOP, WHOOP!!!

  2. P. Doms April 30, 2016 10:41 am

    I so do enjoy these updates from you OM people. These whoopers are ‘family’. Thanks~~~

  3. Barb April 29, 2016 5:43 pm

    Great Pictures. I so wished I lived near the cranes. Do Whooping Cranes enjoy being with other cranes when its not the breeding season? Or are they more of a solitary bird? Do birds born in the same year tend to stay together?

    • Heather Ray April 29, 2016 5:52 pm

      This is essentially a ‘gang’ of teens at this age. They’re just wandering around – not a care in the world. They are not yet interested in the opposite sex. They’re not as social as their Sandhill cousins and tend to stay in pairs of family units once they reach breeding age.

      • Barb April 29, 2016 5:55 pm

        Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions.

  4. Mollie Cook April 29, 2016 2:14 pm

    Thank you Heather & Doug for the report & pictures. Wish they would head back west to the rectangle though. Spring wanderings I guess…..sigh.

  5. Lindi Allen April 29, 2016 1:00 pm

    So nice seeing them together and looking well. Thanks Doug for the great pictures 🙂

  6. Susan Marsh April 29, 2016 12:39 pm

    Wonderful! Thank you!!!!

  7. Kathleen Luedtke April 29, 2016 11:55 am

    We were blessed with an up close and personal siting of a solitary whooper at Necedah yesterday. He or she repeatedly whooped with joy and responded to unseen cranes across the pond. Many pics, but I don’t know how to attach here. Multi-colored banding and what looked like a tan transmitter? We are wondering whom this was that entertained us in the rain.

  8. Ruth Mitchell April 29, 2016 11:09 am

    Sounds like they have found a great place to roost!!!