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.
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.