Winter has Arrived

An arctic blast arrived in Wisconsin overnight and this morning, thousands of Sandhill cranes are leaving the area!

Winds are currently from the west but with their roosting locations frozen over they’re moving on.

Our team is currently monitoring five Parent Reared Whooping cranes and are hopeful they’ll take the cue and move south as well.

Stay tuned…

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  1. Cheryl Rice December 7, 2016 10:20 pm

    Saw thousands over north east Illinois and some as late as 4pm. Great videos and pictures of large groups. It was amazing. They were following the lake and then also just west along HWY 41
    We are north of downtown Chicago.

  2. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd December 7, 2016 9:23 pm

    Hoping and praying the WB’s follow the sandies and that the wind will become more favorable. TY for posting.

  3. Dina Frigo December 7, 2016 3:40 pm

    Just saw hundreds of sandhill cranes over downtown Chicago – getting in their formation!

  4. Anthony Roberts December 7, 2016 2:15 pm

    I work at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, and I’d estimate that about 200 sandhill cranes just flew over. What a glorious sight (and sound)! Presumably this flock left Wisconsin this morning.

  5. Sue B December 7, 2016 1:30 pm

    Many cranes passed over Arlington Hts. about 1 hour ago (25 mi NW of Chicago)

  6. bill alexander December 7, 2016 1:16 pm

    just saw a flock of whooping cranes i believe. circling and climbing higher above steger, il, just south of chicago heights,il and then spread to a large v formation and went south,east 12/7/2016, time:12:12, pm / temp,28*f, / windchill of 18*f / the winds are 13 mph wsw.

  7. Sue McCurdy December 7, 2016 11:28 am

    Will the Whoopersvfreeze if they don’t fly south?

  8. Maggie Turk December 7, 2016 10:44 am

    Got all my digits crossed for their welfare and a safe trip to warmer areas!!!!