Whooping Crane #38-17

Regular readers will recall that this young parent-reared crane failed to head south for the winter. She is quite capable of flight and when I monitored her last fall, she was observed several times associating with Whooping Crane #71-16 in Dodge County, Wisconsin.

Despite this, she stayed in Dodge County for the entire winter – and anyone in the area will attest to the fact that we had some VERY cold days in December and January. 

Several attempts were made to try to capture her and she just flew away. Refuge staff have been putting food out for her, which she heartily consumed and we suspect she was eating snow for water. 

Lately, she has been staying in the marsh and not really venturing out much so on Tuesday when I noticed her GSM hits placing her back in a nearby field she frequented in the fall, I messaged Doug Pellerin and he drove over to get a good look at her.

See for yourself. She looks to be in very good condition despite spending the winter in Wisconsin.

Whooping crane #38-17 in Dodge County, WI. Photo: Doug Pellerin (CLICK photo to enlarge)

Foraging for corn. Photo: Doug Pellerin

To the best of our knowledge, #38-17 is the first Whooping crane in the EMP, which failed to migrate south.

Thanks Doug for checking on her again and sending along the photos!

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  1. Mindy February 23, 2018 12:02 pm

    Wow, can’t believe she never went even a little south. Thanks to the refuge who gave her food and thanks to OM crew for monitoring and thank you Doug for going out to take these beautiful pictures. She is well camoflauged in that field..

  2. Catherine Wohlfeil February 22, 2018 9:15 pm

    Maybe another way to word it is she’s the first whooping crane in the EMP to become a true Wisconsinite!! Get that bird a Packer shirt!

  3. Bikebrains February 22, 2018 5:46 pm

    Wasn’t there once a year when USFWS released chicks failed to migrate and they did not survive the winter in Wisconsin?

  4. Mollie Cook February 22, 2018 4:39 pm

    Spunky girl!! Not the best scenario but she looks good. I hope she will have buddies soon & form some bonds. Thanks for the update Heather & thank you Doug for watching over her this winter, which I hope is close to over.

  5. Cheryl Murphy February 22, 2018 8:47 am

    Brave soul. Bless her. I hope this winter is almost over.

  6. Maggie Turk February 22, 2018 8:39 am

    So glad to see these photos of 38-17 . She does look like she has “weathered” the Wisconsin winter very well. Hopefully some other whoopers will join her soon. Thanks Doug for the photos . Your efforts are certainly appreciated by me.

  7. kat February 22, 2018 7:46 am

    She’s an Original.

  8. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd February 22, 2018 7:09 am

    Love those photos Doug took. What an amazing adaptation this crane has made. I am anticipating more interesting news about 38-17 when the other cranes return north. Hoping she finds whoopers to associate with. Thank you to OM for all the follow-up postings about all the whoopers.