1st Whooper Returns to White River Marsh!

We’ve just received a public sighting confirming that male #10-11 has returned to White River Marsh in Green Lake County, Wisconsin. In fact he was spotted with Sandhill cranes just west of our camp.

To my knowledge, this is the first time this now almost 6 yr old crane has returned to the marsh. His typical territory is southwest in Marquette County.

In the EMP update posted Friday it was mentioned there was one Whooping crane who had returned to Wisconsin. I’ve just checked the database and unless there is another, it would appear the one returnee is male #18-11 in Dodge County.

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  1. Anna Parker March 5, 2017 10:40 pm

    Two whooping cranes in eastern Arkansas (Poinsett County) fot about a month now. Are they lost?

    • Heather Ray March 6, 2017 5:35 am

      not at all. They know where they are 😉
      They’re 31-16 & 38-16. Two Parent Reared juvenile whoopers released last September in Marquette County, WI.

  2. Dorothy N March 5, 2017 10:33 pm

    My question (and a lot of other commenters’ questions) from Friday are put to rest; well, at least 99% put to rest. Yay for the early bird!

  3. Anne Ruh March 5, 2017 8:32 pm

    HI Heather- What do the find to eat this early? -Anne

    • Heather Ray March 6, 2017 5:37 am

      It’s been a rather warm winter and there is little or no snow cover currently. Waterways are open so dragonfly larvae, small fish, waste grain, roots/tubers. There is quite a lot of food items available.

  4. Warrenwesternpa March 5, 2017 4:08 pm

    1st. Whooper Returns to White River Marsh Heather Ray

    Sigh! If only we could return to Ultra- light led birds. Remembering the years we had well over twenty. Yes there were headaches, complications and confusions. But it all seemed so realistic. Maybe just my currant age. Or am I thinking of the “good old days”, when we were all so much younger. May God bless you all Craniacs and our lovely whoopers!

  5. Marilyn Wanser March 5, 2017 1:11 pm

    Woo Hoo! Yippee! Yay!
    Thank you for this great news, Heather!
    DMBM (Daisy)