And They’re OFF!

As Joe explained on Friday, two of the costume-reared whooping cranes were captured and relocated to an area along the Wisconsin River in Sauk County last week. 

Cranes 3-17 and 7-17 were released near a large group of Sandhills and immediately flew to join the group.

On Saturday, it seems they took advantage of the north winds and began heading south!

We received hits from #7-17’s remote tracking device, which indicates she – (and we assume #3-17 as he does not have a remote device) – made it approximately 190 miles to Fulton, County, Illinois.

Screen grab showing the hits from 7-17’s remote tracking device. Source: Google Earth

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  1. Catherine Wohlfeil November 27, 2017 9:08 pm

    Wonderful news!! Even if two by two they’ll make it to the Southern ark! : )

  2. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd November 27, 2017 3:51 pm

    So very glad to hear that “busting the clique” got these two to head southward. Will there soon be an effort to relocate 2 more of the colts ?

  3. aintthatamerica November 27, 2017 1:47 pm

    I take it they traveled south with the Sandhills.

    • Heather Ray November 27, 2017 3:02 pm

      We have no way of knowing this for sure, unfortunately.

  4. Cheryl N. November 27, 2017 12:42 pm

    Great news!

  5. Dorothy N November 27, 2017 11:05 am

    And now we just wait for the rest to realize it’s time to go south.

  6. Ginny Eastwood November 27, 2017 10:22 am

    Thanks for the good news. You guys work so hard. I do miss watching the flying.

  7. Anna November 27, 2017 10:01 am

    So proud of the new plan and to have birds cooperating. Great work Operation Migration,

  8. Grandma November 27, 2017 9:44 am

    Wonderful, thank you for the update! So happy for all of you that work tirelessly with the birds!