Aerial Survey

Bev flew a quick survey on Friday and was able to cover a lot of ground… From Juneau County, all the way over to Dodge County and Horicon NWR, by way of Green Lake County.

Since our last flight update when Bev reported finding chick number W6-17, we’re now up to W11-17 so an additional five whooping crane chicks are now on the landscape in and around Juneau County.

W1-06 & 1-10 have a chick, making this a second generation wild hatched whooping crane chick. Number 1-10 was still incubating a second egg during Bev’s flight but the photo below, show’s mom, W1-06 tending to number W11-17. 
W3-10 & 8-04 now have two chicks – W9-17 and W10-17 (still on the nest). Also second generation chicks.
W1-17 is still with parents 5-11 & 12-11. 
W3-17 is with 24-09 & 42-09. 
W5-17 is still with 3-11 & 7-11.
W6-17 is with 18-03 & 36-09 and the pair of 14-08 & 24-08 and busy tending to W7-17 and W8-17. 
Still incubating are:
9-03 & 3-04
29-09 & 12-03
10-09 & 17-07
20-14 & 37-07
25-09 & 2-04
9-05 & 13-03
In the middle section of her flight, or White River Marsh and Grand River Marsh areas, Bev located:
4-12 & 3-14
5-12 & 30-16 
10-15 & 4-13 
27-14 & 10-11
11-15 & 4-14 (Peanut – photo below)
Next over the Horicon NWR to check on:

63-15 & 61-15 

All present and accounted for.
The remaining nests should hatch out this week.

Mom #W1-06 and her new chick number W11-17. Photo: Bev Paulan, Wisconsin DNR

Two male whooping cranes, numbers 4-14 and 11-15. Phtot: Bev Paulan, Wisconsin DNR

We’re thrilled that Bev was able to get eyes on Peanut and just this morning he appeared at the pensite on White River Marsh. Scroll down to the next entry to watch him dance!

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  1. Kathrine June 6, 2017 1:12 pm

    I’m glad I was introduced the Aerial Survey. I

  2. Dora Giles June 5, 2017 9:36 am

    Thank you for the updates.. Great news on new chicklets.


  3. Sandee Kosmo June 5, 2017 9:16 am

    Thank you, Bev, for the great work in keeping count of our whoopers. Such good news too. Sounds like they prefer places south of Necedah (no black flies?) and are doing very well.