It’s EMP Update Time

Nesting season is well underway for 2016 with first nests already hatched and re-nests due to hatch very soon. The 2015 cohort has begun their wandering phase and has been moving around quite a bit this spring. A huge thank-you to the staff of Operation Migration, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Natural Resources, and all of the volunteers who help us keep track of the cranes throughout the year. We appreciate your contribution to the recovery of the whooping crane eastern migratory population.

Population Estimate

The current maximum population size is 102 (48 F, 52 M, 2 U). As of 1 June, at least 87 Whooping Cranes have been confirmed in Wisconsin, 1 is currently in Michigan, 6 are in Illinois, 1 in Minnesota, and 1 is in Indiana. The remaining 6 birds have not been confirmed in Wisconsin yet this spring.

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  1. Barb June 2, 2016 7:12 pm

    Heather, I am reading this report and the one you wrote earlier today and they both make me sad and mad. Sad at the utter stupidity and lack of respect for life that some Americans have in today’s world. Either through lack of education or just the lousy attitude of “I can do what I want to do and nobody can do anything about it,” it is a sad state of affairs that wild life and people for that matter face today. What is wrong with people?

    It makes me mad in that so many eggs were lost this year because egos got in the way of allowing people who know what they are doing, do it, and without cost to the government. Yes the parenting issue is real, but surely that problem can be worked out. I think that when something is so seriously in danger of extinction, every and all avenues of help must be utilized. Isn’t that one reason another Wintering ground was established so that, if something happened at one site, there would be a ‘back-up’ site? I am so afraid the Whooping Cranes are on the wrong side of the stick, and before any one with the power to do so, owns up to the mistakes it might just be too late for their survival. I am sorry if it sounds like I am ranting, however, these thoughts have been bubbling inside me for while.

    My Thanks to the team at, OM for ALL their care, time, and love that they put for for the Cranes.

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