A Sad Loss

When one has the honor of working with many individual whooping cranes over 16 years you’d think that they all just blend into a flurry of white feathers but each has it’s own personality quirks that make the memories last.

With female 8-15 it was her rebellious and disruptive attitude during our final aircraft-led migration that made her memorable and for me, having to capture her on most fly days and put her inside a crate for transport, made her unforgettable.

Sadly, she was found last week – lifeless – beneath a power-line in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. 

We’re all very sorry for the loss of this 2 yr. old female whooping crane…

Whooping crane 8-15 in Fond du Lac Co., WI, this spring. Photo: Doug Pellerin

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  1. Craniac Mary September 2, 2017 10:56 pm

    very sad; so sorry for this loss.

  2. Ann Gillis September 1, 2017 8:52 pm

    Sad news. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

  3. Cheryl N. September 1, 2017 8:47 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of 8-15.

  4. Sue August 31, 2017 5:40 pm

    So very sad. She was beautiful.

  5. Dave August 31, 2017 9:35 am

    Any lose is a sorry situation. There aren’t many cranes that are extra…

  6. Carol Santos August 30, 2017 9:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing “rebellious and disruptive attitude of 8-15. There is overwhelming sadness when we lose one of these magnificent birds. Thank you for 16 years!

  7. Glenda August 30, 2017 9:06 pm

    It took me awhile to even read this post. My heart goes out to you for this loss. I am so very very sorry…

  8. Diane Riffel August 29, 2017 11:00 pm

    very sad loss! poor little thing! 🙁


  9. Catherine Wohlfeil August 29, 2017 9:32 pm

    She was brought into this world to bring us the light she gave us, if even for a short two years. May she fly forever more in heaven above and greet us at the gate with wings outspread…

  10. Mindy August 29, 2017 4:16 pm

    Tears….so sorry for the loss of 8-15…..She was a beautiful bird

  11. aintthatamerica August 29, 2017 4:12 pm

    Power Lines have changed the world in many ways.

  12. Mollie Cook August 29, 2017 11:36 am

    Tears……….never easy to hear. So sad & so sorry for this loss.

  13. Dorothy N August 29, 2017 11:02 am

    I really liked her spirit. So sad she lived a short life.

  14. Maggie August 29, 2017 10:24 am

    Such a loss to the OM group and all of us . Poor baby.

  15. Patti Hakanson August 29, 2017 10:21 am

    …:( Heartbreaking…Fly free sweet bird…damn power lines 🙁

  16. Sandee Kosmo August 29, 2017 10:01 am

    Rest in peace special 8-15. So sorry for the loss. We have so few. We don’t need any early deaths like this one. Any ideas how she died? So sad.


    • Heather Ray August 29, 2017 6:36 pm

      She very likely collided with the power-lines.

  17. Di WI August 29, 2017 8:43 am

    Such a sad loss…

  18. Sherry Wyn August 29, 2017 8:43 am

    So very sad.

  19. marje Lloyd August 29, 2017 8:05 am

    So sorry to hear this