FIRST NEST at White River Marsh!

A milestone is defined as an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development. In 2011 we moved the aircraft-guided whooping crane reintroduction location to Green Lake County’s White River Marsh. This is roughly 60 miles east of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge and out of the territory of the three species of Blackflies that feed on birds.

Here we are now – some 6 years later and WE HAVE OUR FIRST NEST!!!

The Royal Couple, otherwise known as female #3-14* and male #4-12 have a nest on White River Marsh!

This image was captured Tuesday during Bev’s flight over the area. She didn’t want to get too close to spook the incubating bird but it’s female 3-14 sitting on the nest while male 4-12 forages nearby.

The red arrow indicates the nest belonging to the pair known as the Royal Couple. Photo: Bev Paulan

Definitely a milestone worthy of celebrating but I feel we should also caution, that this is a 3 yr. old female and they are both first time parents… We’ll remain cautiously optimistic.

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  1. Christopher Nixon April 14, 2017 1:37 am

    Thanks for the great news! We all seek every bit of good news we can get on any and every front these days! Some of the best news in several months in my humble opinion.

  2. kristen esbensen April 14, 2017 12:24 am

    This is so exciting!!!!! I am so fearful that someone will intentionally harm them. My daughter sent me the news tonight that again the hunting of Sandhills is being discussed. We simply MUST maintain the sanctity of these glorious creatures. I am praying for these two to have a beautiful baby and to have a beautiful season. Thank you for all you do.

  3. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd April 13, 2017 6:33 pm

    Whoop-i-de-doo-dah, Whoop-i-de-day; my oh my what a wonderful day ! Here’s hoping the Royals have a prince and princess to initiate the WRM future flock of Whooping Cranes. 🙂

  4. Marje Lloyd April 13, 2017 5:53 pm

    Oh what wonderful news, this nest and the outcome are so important

  5. Sally Swanson April 13, 2017 4:32 pm

    Thanks Bev and OM for giving this whooping news! We will be cautiously optimistic!


  6. Mollie Cook April 13, 2017 12:21 pm

    What Whoopertastic news!!!!! Just so amazing to be a part of all this.

  7. Mindy April 13, 2017 11:53 am

    Wonderful news! Congrats to OM for making it even possible out of black fly range….Praying for their successful egg laying, hatching and chick fledging….

  8. Barb April 13, 2017 11:45 am

    Hope we have our first Prince or Princess!

  9. Calistus Holland April 13, 2017 11:34 am

    When do they plan on getting the beast to look in on the newly weds. If at all they are. Looking forward to getting the close ups with the beast.


  10. Christy April 13, 2017 11:05 am

    This is wonderful (cautiously optimistic) news!

  11. Marilyn (DMBM) April 13, 2017 11:02 am

    How eggsciting! We’ll keep our talons crossed.

  12. EMMO Mowbray April 13, 2017 10:58 am

    Not West of Necedah, it’s Southeast.

    • Heather Ray April 13, 2017 11:05 am


  13. Linda April 13, 2017 10:54 am