Whooping Crane #38-17

A number of you have been asking about the young Parent-Reared Whooping crane, which has yet to head south from Dodge County, Wisconsin.

Yes, she is still there and still being monitored. She appears to be gobbling up the corn at the bait pile, and now that the snow cover has (mostly) melted, she is finding waste grain in the nearby fields.

Whooping crane 38-17 is well camouflaged! Photo: Doug Pellerin

It’s not ideal that she is roosting on ice but she seems to be very vigilant and wary, which is probably why she has survived thus far.

We’re getting reports of small numbers of Sandhill cranes, which have also apparently decided to stick around for the winter in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Not ideal and it probably isn’t very comfortable but cranes are rather hardy creatures and as long as they can find food, they should be fine.


Share Button


  1. Elsie Sealander January 24, 2018 5:19 pm

    These young cranes sound like human children that have a mind of their own.

  2. Carl Racchini January 24, 2018 11:50 am

    Thanks for the update and all the hard work you do for the cranes!!! It is dedicated people like you who make this world a better place.

  3. Margaret January 24, 2018 10:33 am

    Shout out to Doug and Mako Pellerin for all the hours of volunteering, the amazing paper cranes, and amazing photographs!

  4. Dick Brooks January 24, 2018 9:39 am

    Thanks for the continued follow up. The birds all provide good info and may learn to be more wary as she sucessfully avoids capture. Best wishes on all acounts.

  5. John Pohl January 24, 2018 9:24 am

    I have been watching Whooping Cranes in southwestern Indiana for the last 9 winters. May not be quite as cold as Wisconsin, but at times it is close. Have seen them get thru winters with a foot of snow and below zero temps. Have seen no ill effects on any of the Cranes. Doesn’t seem like the weather bothers them much. Mother Nature has a way to take care of her own 🙂

  6. Ginny Eastwood January 24, 2018 9:07 am

    Thank you for the update.

  7. Maggie Turk January 24, 2018 9:00 am

    Glad to hear she is doing ok. Looked for her a couple times but came back emty!! Will look again soon. Sure appreciate the update and we keep hoping she will survive the winter.

  8. Barb January 24, 2018 8:30 am

    Thanks for the update. I’ve been worried that no reports meant she had died. Is a team still trying to capture her? If not, and she survives till the next migration, has she missed the opportunity to learn the route South as a youngster, and thus be locked into staying North, with possibly children if her own in the future?

    • Heather Ray January 24, 2018 8:53 am

      Yes still trying to capture and if she isn’t caught and moved south, she will likely fly south next year with whichever crane she forms a bond with.