It’s Crane Colt Arrival Day!

I bet you’re almost as excited as we are… Once again the fantastic flight crew at Windway Aviation will fly some very special cargo halfway across the country from Baltimore, Maryland to central Wisconsin.

They’ve made this flight numerous times and we’re very grateful for their continued support.

If you would like to follow their flight, here’s a link:

Once on the ground in Wisconsin, we’ll load the cranes into a air-conditioned vehicle and make the drive to White River Marsh.  

Once there, you can watch via our live CraneCam! 

We would like to express our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the Crane Ecology Team at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center for all their efforts in hatching and rearing the Class of 2017.

All photos below provided by Dr. Glenn Olsen (thank you!)

Whooping crane #1-17

Hatched: 4/24/17
Gender: Male
Legbands: White

Whooping crane #2-17

Hatched: 4/24/17
Gender: female
Legbands: Green/Black

Whooping crane #3-17

Hatched: 4/29/17
Gender: Male
Legbands: Pink/Red

Whooping crane #4-17

Hatched: 4/30/17
Gender: Male
Legbands: Green

Whooping crane #6-17

Hatched: 5/2/17
Gender: Female
Legbands: Red

Whooping crane #7-17

Hatched: 5/3/17
Gender: Female
Legbands: Green/Orange

Whooping crane #8-17

Hatched: 5/3/17
Gender: Female
Legbands: Black



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  1. ffmn June 22, 2017 2:59 pm

    Am thrilled to be able to see the activity in the WI pen again, and the OM crew (some) in the costume again.

  2. Di L. Wi June 22, 2017 10:59 am

    Thank you to the entire team who provided us this wonderful experience and thank you for everything you do to preserve the beautiful Whooping Cranes!

  3. Grandma June 21, 2017 11:48 am

    What can I say other than Thank You to ALL for your continuing efforts and dedication to bring Whooping Cranes back from near extinction! It will be exciting to watch the new class develop at White River Marsh!

  4. lilbirdz June 21, 2017 11:01 am

    Is there another moderated chat site besides the one on Youtube? It’s exciting that there will be a Class of 2017! YAY!

  5. Barb June 21, 2017 9:04 am

    They are all such a beautiful bunch of kids. Thanks for sharing each individual picture and wishing them well in adjusting to life life in the “wild”. Let’s hope they make adult friends from whom they can learn how to become surviving adult Whooping Cranes. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Bobbie (piscesbobbie) June 21, 2017 8:55 am

    YAY! This is so exciting!

  7. Linda June 21, 2017 8:52 am

    Godspeed colts and crew. Hope you end up loving your new digs in Wisconsin!