Fly South Already!

Parent-Reared Whooping Crane #38-17 was still in Wisconsin late last week and attempts were still being made to capture her to drive her south.

Doug Pellerin was able to snap this photo, which shows her to be in great condition despite the cold weather.

PR Crane #38-17 in Dodge Co., WI. Photo: Doug Pellerin

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  1. Maggie January 16, 2018 5:05 pm

    I just marvel at the photos that Mr. Pellerin takes of the cranes. Sure wish she would cooperate and let OM catch / cage her for her own safety and take her to the land of “blue crabs” instead of the grain diet especially now that we have the snow cover back.

  2. Bonnie Boone January 16, 2018 4:18 pm

    She is beautiful! I hope you are able to capture her soon!!!

  3. Barb January 15, 2018 5:50 pm

    Whether or not she is captured, who will teach her when to migrate and where to go

  4. Barb January 15, 2018 4:36 pm

    Is she all alone, or are there a few friends with her? If she’s alone, how would know to migrate, let alone know where to go?

    • Heather Ray January 15, 2018 5:41 pm

      She is alone. We’re aware of lone birds in the past that still migrate.

  5. Dorothy N January 15, 2018 3:39 pm

    Is she still hanging out with a few sandhills, or has that not been re-confirmed??

    • Heather Ray January 15, 2018 5:42 pm

      She is alone

  6. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd January 15, 2018 12:40 pm

    WOW ! simply WOW !— for her to be healthy with the crazy low temps WI has had is absolutely AWESOME….. proving whoopers may be stronger than many imagined. Amazing photo and welcome news. TY Doug and OM.

  7. Bikebrains January 15, 2018 10:09 am

    Where is she finding food?

    • Heather Ray January 15, 2018 5:40 pm

      There is waste grain in the fields and shes snarfing down the corn at the bait pile setup to try to capture her.

  8. Dick Brooks January 15, 2018 9:43 am

    thanks for update. is she roosting on open ice or in fields or moving around to find food?