Relocation Successful

The last three Whooping cranes from the 2017 Costume-Reared cohort were successfully released at Goose Pond in Greene County, Indiana this morning.

Yesterday, they were captured near White River Marsh in Wisconsin and placed in a temporary pen where they were examined by Dr. Denise Stempa. They were relocated to Indiana overnight.

Brooke and Colleen met with refuge staff and volunteers and the release took place shortly after first light. 

Juvenile Whooping cranes #1-17, 2-17 & 8-17 take their first look around Goose Pond. Photo: Colleen Chase

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14 Comments

  1. Catherine Wohlfeil December 12, 2017 10:55 pm

    Wonderful news. Well done…

  2. Libby December 12, 2017 8:38 pm

    Thank you all at OM for your incredible dedication and a successful 2017 fledge/launch!

  3. Mindy December 12, 2017 6:09 pm

    Thanks to all of you who were part of their care, monitoring and re-locating….God speed sweet colts of 2017…..go south….

  4. Cheryl Murphy December 12, 2017 5:36 pm

    Great news and great work!!! Thank you!

  5. Maggie Turk December 12, 2017 4:20 pm

    “Where do we go from here?” They seem to be saying. Great job of you two OM people to crate and transport them. Sure hope they have a comfortable winter where ever they decide to spend it. Thanks for your tender loving care Colleen and Brooke.

  6. Rolando December 12, 2017 3:40 pm

    would they need to be relocated further south again?

    • Heather Ray December 12, 2017 5:21 pm

      It depends on the weather this winter but chances are they won’t need to be moved again. They can do that on their own or follow the other whoopers or sandhills at Goose Pond FWA.

  7. Kasie December 12, 2017 3:15 pm

    So glad to know that the remaining three chicks were successfully transported to Goose Pond. I hope they make friends there and have a very safe winter whether or not they remain in Indiana or continue on south!

  8. Dick Brooks December 12, 2017 1:48 pm

    Thanks OM For all you have done to put this species back into the landscape of the eastern NA . I hope the future is as successful as 2017.

  9. Rolando December 12, 2017 1:27 pm

    A Big Thank YOU………………..

  10. lilbirdz December 12, 2017 10:40 am

    At least they are on their way south. Let’s hope this move inspires them to keep going. What would have happened to them in WI? How would they survive the cold, and what would they have to eat?

    http://operationmigration.org/InTheField

    • Heather Ray December 12, 2017 10:51 am

      They very likely would have migrated eventually but with frozen roost locations putting them in danger, the decision was made to be proactive and capture/release further south at a suitable location.

  11. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd December 12, 2017 10:28 am

    Beautiful picture of this trio . Glad to know they were successfully relocated and hoping they will continue further south with some of the other whoopers. OM rocks !

  12. Dorothy N December 12, 2017 10:02 am

    Hoorah, they’re there. Boo, they didn’t figure out how to get themselves there. . ..