Wisconsin Whoopers

We’re often asked ‘where is the best place in Wisconsin to see Whooping cranes’?

There are a hundred cranes in the Eastern Migratory flock and I think folks imagine they all go to one central meeting spot to spend the summer… Ah, if only it were that easy.

The reality is that these are wild birds and well, as you know, birds tend to fly and move around somewhat so we really can’t say with 100% certainty that if you visit a specific intersection – at a specific time, you will see a Whooping crane.

We can say that there is a very good chance that you will see a Whooping crane if you go where the majority of them spend their summer – the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Juneau County, Wisconsin.

This almost 44,000-acre Refuge is open to the public with both walking and driving tours (and maps!) available and a great observation tower from which to spot cranes.

Crane whisperer Doug Pellerin and his partner in crime, Mako visited the Necedah refuge last Friday and spotted two pairs of Whooping cranes in an area known as Sprague Mather.

Doug was unable to see legbands on the distant pair but sent the following images of newly formed pair, which includes female 4-11 and male 29-08.

Whooping crane 4-11 on the right and her new mate 29-08. Photo: Doug Pellerin

Whooping crane 4-11 on the right and her new mate 29-08. Photo: Doug Pellerin

Doug says they began calling as soon as the other pair appeared in the distance. Photo: Doug Pellerin

Doug says they began calling as soon as the other pair appeared in the distance. Photo: Doug Pellerin

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2 Comments

  1. Kay Huey August 29, 2016 9:19 am

    Ah, to be in Wisconsin again.

  2. Kat August 29, 2016 7:22 am

    So amazing.