Early Spring?

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.

Northward migration thus far for whooping cranes 6-15 and 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.

Parent Reared whooping crane 71-16 traveled south with Sandhill cranes from Wisconsin to spend the winter in Jackson County, IN. Here’s what her northern flight looks like thus far.

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. 

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  1. Teresa February 24, 2017 12:59 pm

    Could it be possible that my husband saw a flock of whooping cranes fly over our house in Louisa Virginia a couple hours ago? We’ve never seen them around here before, but he swears that’s what it was.

  2. Dorothy N February 23, 2017 9:22 am

    Ditto to Suzanne’s question? Also how did the Fish & Wildlife department evaluate the success of the 2016 season’s efforts?

  3. Susanne Shrader February 22, 2017 8:35 pm

    I just made a donation. What is planned for the Eastern Partnership and OM this year?

  4. Mollie Cook February 22, 2017 11:59 am

    Are 31 & 38-16 still in Poinsett/Cross County AR?

    • Heather Ray February 22, 2017 12:05 pm

      when they leave, we’ll let everyone know

  5. Cynthia jones February 22, 2017 9:03 am

    I just submitted a sighting. My brother just informed me that they were sandhill cranes..sorry, I got really excited.

  6. Matt February 22, 2017 7:18 am

    Indiana better be baiting these folks.