Aerial Survey

Wisconsin DNR Pilot, Bev Paulan was able to dodge raindrops yesterday and get a flight in over the central part of Wisconsin. She was able to determine that W3-17 and W7-17 are both still alive.

W7-17 with either 24-08 (Mom) or 14-08 (Dad) on Necedah NWR. Photo: Bev Paulan, WI DNR

We’re fairly certain W7-17 hatched out on May 31st, which would make it now 11 weeks old. It was captured safely on July 28th for transmitter placement and legbands. At that time, blood was drawn so we should no soon if it’s a boy or a girl crane.

In Adams County, Bev flew over W3-17 with parents 24-09 (Dad) and 42-09 (Mom) but was unable to get a photo. Luckily Brooke captured the following image in late July.

Whooping crane colt #W3-17 with parents 24-09 & 42-09. Photo: Brooke Pennypacker

This youngster hatched May 4th, making him/her almost 15 weeks or 105 days old. Both are now fully capable of flight, which means they’ll be able to escape land predators and have a better chance of surviving.

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  1. dorothy N August 18, 2017 9:42 am

    I’m so glad that both are now able to fly!! This is great news!!

  2. Maggie August 16, 2017 3:40 pm

    Those are certainly inspiring photos. Sure hope they keep up the good work of propagating the species. They do seem to be a very delicate type of bird. I sure appreciate the photos and updates of them. All of you at om must feel a tremendous amount of satisfaction each day that you get to help them. God bless all of you.

  3. Mollie Cook August 16, 2017 2:17 pm

    This is such great news………thanks for keeping us updated on the white birds we all love so much.

  4. Linda August 16, 2017 10:34 am

    Thanks. I needed some good news this morning.

  5. d brooks August 16, 2017 9:55 am

    great news

  6. Di Lowe August 16, 2017 9:54 am

    Thank you for the up-date!

  7. Dave August 16, 2017 9:37 am

    Thank you for the updata. See you at cranefest