Wisconsin Whoopers – Part 2

On Monday, we talked about Necedah National Wildlife Refuge being probably the best place in Wisconsin to see Whooping cranes.

If you don’t care to drive over (or up/down) to Juneau County, you could also visit the White River Marsh Wildlife Area in Green Lake and Marquette Counties.

There are now three established pairs within 10 miles of each other on the Marsh: In Marquette County, we have male 4-13 & his mate 7-14. This pair is still too early to breed, however, next year…?


On the left is female 7-14. Her mate, male 4-13 is on the right. Photo: Doug Pellerin

And in the area surrounding the OM training facility north of Princeton, we have two pairs. At the north end, we have male 4-12 & his mate 3-14 (former flockmate of female 7-14, mentioned above).


The north marsh pair of female 3-14 (left) and male 4-12. Photo: Doug Pellerin

At the south end of the marsh we have the newly formed pair consisting of male 5-12 (former flockmate and buddy to male 4-12) & female 8-14 (former flockmate to the two females mentioned above). This would certainly make class reunions a tad more simple if they decided to have one.

The newest pair included male 5-12 (left) and  2 yr. old female 8-14. Photo: Doug Pellerin

The newest pair included male 5-12 (left) and 2 yr. old female 8-14. Photo: Doug Pellerin

All three pairs should be of breeding age next spring…

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  1. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd September 3, 2016 4:17 pm

    What an upbeat, encouraging report. I am so looking forward to next year’s nesting season with much hope for little whoopers on cam.

  2. Mollie Cook August 31, 2016 10:10 am

    This is just so exciting & hopefully some chicks from these three pair next year. Gives me goosebumps!! Thanks for the report Heather & Doug for the great pics & your hard work tracking them.

  3. Doug Pellerin August 31, 2016 8:03 am

    Doug Pellerin This is a good sign for the future of the whooping crane in and around the WRM. A very good sign.