Aerial Survey Results

Wisconsin DNR Pilot, Bev Paulan flew a survey over the western half of the state on Friday and reported finding four wild hatched chicks. (* indicates female)

W1 with 5/12-11* Juneau co.

W3 with 24/42-09* Adams co

W4 with 5-10*/28-08 Marathon co

W5 with 3/7-11* Adams co.

Additionally, there are now 13 active nests/re-nests belonging to the following cranes:

32-09*/7-07 – Juneau Co. (renest)

29-09/12-03* – Juneau Co. (renest)

W3-10*/8-04 – Juneau Co. (renest)

9-05/13-03* – Juneau Co. (renest)

18-03/36-09* – Juneau Co. (renest)

34-09*/4-08 – Juneau Co. (renest)

9-03*/3-04 – Juneau Co. (renest)

W1-06*/1-10 – Juneau Co. (renest)

20-14*/37-07 – Juneau Co. (initial nest)

2-04/25-09* – Juneau Co. (new renest)

24/14-08* Suk-Cerney – Juneau Co.


2-15*/28-05* – Marathon Co.

15-11*/38-08* – Juneau Co.

Ok, for those very observant readers that are sitting there now shaking their heads from side-to-side muttering “well that can’t be right. There are two nests with female-female pairs on them” – you’re right!

This is anomalous behavior and the only plausible explanations we’ve been able to come up with are:

A) one of the genders is inaccurate. 

B) they’re incubating infertile/un-viable eggs, or

C) there is a visiting, bachelor male nearby that paid a visit.

Bev will continue to monitor the nests as time permits to see how they progress. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, here are the photos Bev captured showing three of the chicks found on Friday.

5 & 12-11 with W1-17.

5-10 & 28-08 with whooping crane chick W4-17

Female 7-11 with chick W5-17

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  1. lu frank May 15, 2017 11:53 pm

    This is wonderful news! I will keep my fingers crossed!

  2. Mollie Cook May 15, 2017 2:24 pm

    Crazy………”As The Marsh Turns”

  3. Dorothy N May 15, 2017 12:11 pm

    Lots of nests to keep watching!! Nothing is better than spring nesting season in whooper-land!!!

  4. Barbara Wing May 15, 2017 11:31 am

    Our Henry, 5-12, is a papa? Ooh, ooh. With 5-11. Nice, he found a new mate! Yay, Henry.

    • Heather Ray May 15, 2017 11:36 am

      Nope. It’s 5-11 & 12-11. They’re from the same hatch year so only listed ’11’ once. The same applies to 24/42-09. They’re both 2009 birds so only listed at 24/42-09.