Aerial Survey

Wisconsin DNR pilot Bev Paulan flew yesterday over both reintroduction areas and reports there is another new chick on the landscape!

W6-17 is the offspring of 36-09* and 18-03.  The chick was off the nest, so Bev suspects it hatched late Tuesday from the pairs 2nd nest.

Other whooping crane chicks seen were:

W1-17 with 5-11 & 12-11* Juneau co. (see photo below) This chick is now 25-27 days old. 

W3-17 with 24-09 & 42-09* Adams co. Now 20 days old. 

W4-17 with 5-10* & 28-08 Marathon co. Now 17 days old. 

W5-17 with 3-11 & 7-11 Adams co. Also 17 days old. 

There are still 12 active nests being monitored.

Other cranes seen/heard during her flight include:

7-07 & 32-09*, 1-04 & 16-07*, 16-02, 10-10* & 41-09, 19-14* & 12-05, 19-11 & 17-11*, 24-13 & 23-10*, 13-02, 19-10 & 25-10. (All observed in/around Necedah NWR) 

3-14* & 4-12 White River Marsh, 5-12 & 30-16, 11-15 in flight (nice eye to eye  view) over White River Marsh, 4-13 & 10-15* and 27-14* & 10-11 Marquette co.

(* indicates female)

W1-17 is 25-27 days old in this photo. Dad is feeding the chick. Photo: Bev Paulan

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3 Comments

  1. Carol Giancola May 28, 2017 5:27 pm

    Well, then, can’t we ask them? (wink , wink)

  2. Susanne Shrader May 26, 2017 8:00 pm

    Can this chick be protected from coyotes?

    • Heather Ray May 27, 2017 4:50 am

      This would be up to the parents of the chick(s).