Sadly, Another Loss

Whooping crane #34-16 was released in Adams County, WI in late September – the same day that #30-16 was released on White River Marsh in Green Lake County, actually.

On Wednesday of this week, this young crane began exhibiting signs of illness. That afternoon, she sequestered herself in standing corn until Brooke ventured in to locate her and flushed her. The following day she seemed lethargic, spending much of the day hock-sitting and on Friday morning, Brooke and Patuxent’s Robert Doyle found her remains. She had been predated.

A necropsy will be carried out at the USGS National Wildlife Health Lab in Madison to determine cause of illness.

This leaves two young Parent Reared cranes in Adams County – Numbers 29-16 and 39-16. On Thursday afternoon, Doug Pellerin spent the afternoon monitoring them to give Colleen and Brooke a break. During his time there, Doug was able to capture the following photos of ‘the nine’s’ as Colleen refers to them.

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  1. Cheryl N. October 9, 2016 9:48 am

    I’m so sorry. Poor girl. 🙁

  2. Sheila bower October 8, 2016 11:27 pm

    Sorry for your loss your work is outstanding. Would love to help if needed

  3. Kasie October 8, 2016 11:02 am

    I’m so sorry about #34-16.

  4. Anna M Osborn October 8, 2016 10:12 am

    Sympathy to you. I know these losses are heartbreaking. Your wonderful work must go on despite sadness. Peace…

  5. David NaDell October 8, 2016 9:15 am

    Doug and Colleen are some extraordinarily dedicated souls , Thanks for their efforts . Overall , how are the newly released cranes doing ?

  6. susan gonzo October 8, 2016 7:06 am

    Such sad news again.

  7. Karen Anne October 8, 2016 7:01 am

    How many chicks were in the parent reared group this year, and how many survive?

    • Heather Ray October 8, 2016 7:03 am

      There were 9 from Patuxent. 7 remain.
      There are also 3 from ICF. 1 has been released. The other 2 should be released this week.