Aerial Survey Results

Wisconsin DNR pilot Bev Paulan was able to get a flight in yesterday over the original reintroduction area and found the following whooping crane chicks still alive:

W3-17 with 24 & 42-09  in Adams Co. (approx. 61 days old)
W7-17 with 14 & 24-08 Juneau Co. (approx. 36 days old)
W11-17 with 1-10 & W1-06 (approx. 34 days old)
W13-17 with 29-09/12-03 Juneau Co. (approx. 31 days old)
W14-17 with 9-03/3-04 Juneau Co. (approx. 31 days old)
W15-17 with 37-07 Juneau Co. (approx. 31 days old)
Sadly, it seems refuge staff collected the predated remains of number 20-14 on July 3rd. This 3 yr. old parent reared whooping crane was the mother of wild hatched crane chick #W15-17. 
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  1. aintthatamerica July 7, 2017 3:29 am

    Is there any form of predator control? Or is this reintroduction being done naturally?

  2. Catherine Wohlfeil July 6, 2017 10:15 pm

    I’m glad to see your response that 37-07’s father is caring for him/her. May their bond increase in the sharing of their mutual loss.

  3. Susanne Shrader July 6, 2017 9:05 pm

    I will ask the obvious, can anything be done to stop the predation?

    • Heather Ray July 7, 2017 7:28 am

      OM’s Jeff Fox is currently participating in a study being carried out at Necedah refuge to determine the cause(s) of chick mortality. Once this work is complete, we and our WCEP partners will evaluate and determine next steps.

  4. Carolyn Cofer July 6, 2017 7:54 am

    Can w15-17 survive?

    • Heather Ray July 6, 2017 8:57 am

      Its father #37-07 is caring for him/her currently. He should continue to do so for as long as a parent typically would.

  5. Barb July 6, 2017 7:37 am

    So what will happen to W 15-17? I think I remember in recent post that the chick won’t be able to fly for a few more weeks. Is it correct that only 5 chicks remain of the original 15? Is a 1/3 survival rate good? Thanks for the update.

    • Heather Ray July 6, 2017 8:58 am

      ts father #37-07 is caring for him/her currently.