Banner Year for Whooping Crane Hatches at Wood Buffalo

A record 63 whooping crane chicks were born in Wood Buffalo National Park this year — an encouraging sign for conservationists who continue to monitor the rare bird’s long, slow climb back from near-extinction. Among this year’s hatches are four sets of twins.

The impressive birth rate blows away the previous high of 49 fledglings, set during the 2006 season.

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7 Comments

  1. Glenda August 17, 2017 7:33 pm

    Glorious news…congratulations!!

  2. Susanne Shrader August 17, 2017 1:11 pm

    You are comparing 63 hatching to 49 fledging, but how many survivors do we have this year at wood Buffalo?

    • Heather Ray August 17, 2017 2:57 pm

      That is the Wood Buffalo count.

  3. Mindy August 17, 2017 11:46 am

    Oh my, that is such great news! I am so happy for the Whoopers. A testament to good wintering grounds too.

  4. Maggie August 17, 2017 9:51 am

    Hope this all works out for the cranes so they have a permanent place to drop off at on their migration.

  5. DI L WI August 17, 2017 7:41 am

    What great news!

  6. Rolando August 17, 2017 7:32 am

    Thank you for sharing