Aerial Survey Results

Wisconsin DNR’s Bev Paulan was able to get a flight Thursday and found 9 whooping crane chicks including:

W3-17 with 42-09 & 24-09

W7-17 with 14-08 & 24-08 

W11-17 with W1-06 & 1-10 

W12-17 with 9-05 & 13-03 

W13-17 with 29-09 & 12-03

W14-17 with 9-03 & 3-04

W15-17 with 20-14 & 37-07

W16-17 & W17-17 with 2-04 & 25-09 (photo)

Adult whooping cranes 2-04 & 25-09 with their two chicks: W16-17 & W17-17

We’ve received a number of inquiries about the nest belonging to what seems to be two female whooping cranes. Numbers 28-05 and 2-15 constructed a nest, which Bev discovered during one of her aerial surveys in late April.

Brooke ventured out to the nest last week and discovered no eggs or egg fragments so it seems these two were perhaps just practicing. Each time Bev flew over there was a bird on the nest so she was never able to see any eggs either.

The jury is still out whether one of them is in fact a male. Others have viewed the video clip Brooke captured and while opinions are plentiful they are not consistent.  

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3 Comments

  1. ryan June 20, 2017 5:44 pm

    I figured there might not be a lot of information. Thanks for the reply.

  2. ryan June 20, 2017 1:51 am

    I’m just realizing the birth years of all those parents. That’s really interesting. I knew cranes needed some practice to succeed as parents, but the idea that of the 16 cranes with surviving chicks, 14 were born 8 years or more ago is astounding. How different is that age profile from that of successful parents in the Canadian population? Or does anyone know?

    • Heather Ray June 20, 2017 8:02 am

      Only a small portion of the Wood Buffalo/Aransas pop are tagged so rather difficult to know for certain.