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.
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.
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.