Mr. Congeniality Crane

And the congeniality award goes to…. 30-16!

This parent reared whooping crane was released last fall at White River Marsh near to female 3-14 and male 4-12. He formed an association with them pretty quickly but occasionally was seen visiting with male 4-13 and female 8-14.

Since returning to the marsh this spring, he was chased away by the now nesting pair (!!!) of 3-14*/4-12 and has been seen with male 4-13 and then 11-15 (after 4-13 stole his gal 10-15*). 

Doug Pellerin was out in the marsh yesterday doing some tracking and spotted 30-16 with 5-12 aka Henry.

I’m kinda pleased with this friendship – I think Henry could use a buddy.

Yearling male whooping crane #30-16 on the left still has some of his tawny coloring. 5 yr. old 5-12 on the right. Photo: D. Pellerin

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  1. Dorothy N April 14, 2017 10:07 pm

    30-16 can’t help it. He just gets along with everyone and fits right in.

  2. Barbara Wing April 14, 2017 11:03 am

    4-13, will ya stop hogging all the women! LOL. Thanks H and D.

    • Heather Ray April 14, 2017 11:58 am


  3. Mollie Cook April 14, 2017 9:14 am

    The marsh is alive again with Whoopers & a promise of exciting things to come. Thanks Heather & Doug.

  4. Patti Hakanson April 14, 2017 7:44 am

    Here’s to a new and lasting friendship!!