One of the things I’ve come to realize over the years is that whooping cranes have this incredible ability to locate others of their kind. Sure, they’re big and really loud and stark white, which makes them stick out on the landscape but when you consider the vastness of the geographical area they cover in their twice-a-year journeys… Well, I think it’s pretty amazing.
I came across another instance of this yesterday morning. Take a look at the following Google Earth screengrab.
The location is a field in somewhere, Indiana. (We do not divulge the exact location of whooping cranes). The multiple red dots are hits from the GSM remote tracking device worn by Parent Reared whooping crane #71-16. The two blue dots are from the PTT satellite device worn by female whooper #2-15.
These two cranes weren’t raised together. In fact, one is a year older. They’ve never met until they both decided to select the exact same field on their northward trip back to Wisconsin. How cool is that?!
To add to the cool factor, consider this: Another female whooper, #14-15 is located only 4 miles from this field.