It seems that a few whooping cranes in the eastern flock have begun heading north already!
Number 6-15 spent the winter at Wheeler NWR in north Alabama and her remote device hits indicate she moved north to Greene County, Indiana over the weekend. Same for number 14-15.
Elsewhere, number 2-15 appears to have made a brief trip to St. Marks NWR in the Florida panhandle last Friday morning before heading north. Her last hit placed her in Lee Co., AL on Sunday.
71-16, one of the Parent Reared cranes from last years releases spent the winter in Jackson Co., IN and has just moved north to Jasper Co., IN yesterday.
If you happen to spot a whooping crane please take the time to fill out an observation sheet. Your information helps us to keep track of the cranes in the EMP.