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.
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!