Newly Hatched Crane Chicks

It’s twins for whooping crane pair 5-11 (M) and 12-11 (F)

Wisconsin DNR pilot Bev Paulan spotted the two balls of fluff with Mom and Dad during her aerial survey over Juneau County, WI yesterday and sent along a couple of photos.

Photo: Bev Paulan, Wisconsin DNR

Photo: Bev Paulan, Wisconsin DNR

The chicks are very likely only a day apart in age and we must caution it is rare, but not unheard of for both to survive. 

The adult male crane was produced in captivity at the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Center in Calgary, Alberta and the female #12-11 hails from the Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Both learned a migration route by following our aircraft south in fall 2011.


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  1. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd May 6, 2017 8:44 am

    Love Bev’s photos and reports. Thank you to all involved in helping the Whooping Cranes revive.

  2. Peter Smith May 5, 2017 7:08 pm

    God bless this precious family. Bev- incredible photo!!! Looks like you were 10 feet above the birds.

    Prayers for their survival.

  3. Dorothy N May 4, 2017 12:32 pm

    So sweet. Are these first-time parents?? Thank you Bev — great photos!

  4. Mindy May 4, 2017 11:42 am

    Wonderful news for this pair….I pray they will be an exception to the norm. So precious.

  5. Marilyn May 4, 2017 11:36 am

    awwww.. balls of fluffer-love <3

  6. Sandee Kosmo May 4, 2017 10:42 am

    It would be great if they both survived, but I know that is a high expectation. At least the OM work is meeting with success now that they are making their own way. Thanks, OM, for getting it all started.


  7. Meg Lunnum May 4, 2017 10:29 am

    So exciting!!

  8. Barb May 4, 2017 9:41 am

    They are precious and priceless. I know the rule is observe, don’t disturb, however with the population under 100 ( from a report as of a few days ago) I hope that everything is done to preserve their lives.

  9. Mollie Cook May 4, 2017 9:23 am

    What a great way to start the day! Prayers for these little Whoopers………..may they survive & thrive. Will we have another set next week at the marsh???? So very exciting.

  10. Susanne May 4, 2017 8:56 am

    This is so exciting. It’s so great that they learned the route from the ultralight airplane.

  11. Sue McCurdy May 4, 2017 7:47 am

    They’re so tiny! They need to stay very close to their mommie.