The Long Way Home

Last week we told you about Parent Reared Whooping crane number 31-16 who had decided to shortstop just south of the Wisconsin state line in Stephenson County, IL.

Lou Cambier had been checking on him occasionally, until 31-16 decided it was his turn to stop in and check on Lou.

Late Friday we received some hits from the remote tracking device on 31-16, which showed him only 9 miles east of our location! He decided to return to Wisconsin after all!

I forwarded the information to Doug Pellerin who went out to check on him Saturday morning. Doug reports he was in a lovely marsh and much too far off the road for a photograph. 

Here’s a Google Earth grab showing the route he traveled over two days before arriving in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.

31-16 had spent the past several weeks west of Freeport, IL. Now he is in Winnebago County, WI.


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  1. Grandma June 14, 2017 5:02 pm

    Thanks Heather for the very interesting and exciting information about 31-16. It is good to know that he could find his way back to Wisconsin!!