Tracking & Monitoring

I’ve just finished a fun and interesting week of tracking and monitoring the parent reared chicks 30-16, 31-16, and 38-16 in the White River Marsh and Marquette County.  Joe asked me to fill in for him and Heather as they took some much needed time off to go back to Canada for a visit.

No. 4-12 and 3-14 (AKA) the Royal Couple have adopted chick 30-16 and have been together for weeks now. But on Sunday 30-16 decided to spend some time flying around with 4-13 and 8-14 a newly formed couple maybe just to say “Hi” or something… who knows? That night he was back with the Royal Couple roosting in White River Marsh. 

I also tracked 31-16 and 38-16. These two chicks have spent their time in Marquette County foraging in cut corn fields.  As I mentioned earlier, I saw 4-13 and 8-14 on a couple occasions which was pretty exciting. They are the alternate white bird pair for 30-16. It was a good week.  Note, Chicks 31-16 & 38-16 have now moved to another area since I last saw them.

Adult whooping cranes 3-14 * 4-12 and Parent Reared colt 30-16. Photo: D. Pellerin

Adult whooping cranes 3-14 * 4-12 and Parent Reared colt 30-16. Photo: D. Pellerin

Whooping crane colt 30-16 in flight with the other pair at White River Marsh: 4-13 * 8-14. Photo: D. Pellerin

Whooping crane colt 30-16 in flight with the other pair at White River Marsh: 4-13 * 8-14. Photo: D. Pellerin

New pair 4-13 & 8-14. Photo: D. Pellerin

New pair 4-13 & 8-14. Photo: D. Pellerin

Whooping cranes 31 & 38-16. Photo: D. Pellerin

Whooping cranes 31 & 38-16. Photo: D. Pellerin

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9 Comments

  1. Sue McCurdy November 25, 2016 11:04 pm

    Doug, I’ve asked everyone but no one listens to me. At least they haven’t answered my post. I live in Gainesville, FL. We have the wonderful Paynes Prairie here and also the UF Beef Teaching Unit which provides a wonderful pasture for the cows. They would love to share it with a couple of Whooping cranes, but they need help finding their way. Please program their GPSs got Gainesville. I think they would like the Prairie and cow pasture much better than St. Marks. Please.

    • Heather Ray November 27, 2016 5:06 pm

      You do realize this is not even remotely possible?

  2. Mindy November 14, 2016 1:04 pm

    Doug, thank you for tracking all these colts! So glad you could step in to do that. The pictures are great! Love seeing all of them so much. 30-16 decided to branch out. Maybe 4-13 and 8-14 were not wanting a side kick so he went back to Royalty. lol

  3. Dorothy N November 13, 2016 12:58 am

    Great photos, and equally great to read about the adventures of 30-16. Thanks for your excellent work!

  4. Elsie Sealander November 12, 2016 9:13 pm

    It’s nice to see that some of the colts have survived and connected with some experienced adults. Thanks for the great pictures.

  5. Cheryl N. November 12, 2016 6:13 pm

    Excellent photos, Doug. Thanks for the update!

  6. Meg Lunnum November 12, 2016 10:16 am

    Are we just waiting for all the whooping cranes to decide it is time to fly south?

  7. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd November 12, 2016 9:05 am

    WOW Doug— you have had an exciting few days. The photos are magnificent. Thank you so much for posting this update and those wonderful photos. I especially like the flight pic.

  8. PattiLat November 12, 2016 8:06 am

    So interesting, Doug. Your pictures are wonderful. Thanks for all.