Whooping Crane #30-17

This young female Parent-Reared crane decided to winter about as far south as she possibly could – in Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana.

She is now on her return trip north and is making pretty decent progress. The red line on the following map shows her trip south from Wisconsin and as you can see, she appears to be retracing her route and is currently in southwest Kentucky – about halfway home.

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  1. Mindy March 31, 2018 12:18 pm

    Smart girl! Safe travels to her….great news! Thank you!

  2. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd March 27, 2018 9:02 pm

    thank you for the update. Spring surely is on it’s way if the whoopers are heading north.

  3. Grandma March 27, 2018 12:06 pm

    Thank you for the updates Heather. I find migration so interesting.

  4. Dorothy N March 27, 2018 11:43 am

    HOORAY for #30-17. Kind of in independent rascal, but a smart one!

  5. Barbara March 27, 2018 9:18 am

    How’s our girl that stayed North for the Winter? Do you think that other Whoppers will be in her area this Summer?

    • Heather Ray March 27, 2018 9:32 am

      She’s just fine and currently associating with a sandhill pair. There will definitely be other whoopers nearby shortly.

  6. Gums March 27, 2018 9:02 am

    Great to see a possible new migration route and wintering venue.
    Being from New Orleans, I can still remember when Josephine had her chick back in the fifties ( at least I think it was early fifties). My Mom had to explain all the hoopla for that event.
    The delta there is outstanding for migratory birds and there are millions of duck and geese there in the winter.

  7. Cheryl Murphy March 27, 2018 8:54 am

    Safe trip! Keep flying high and heading north!

  8. Di Lowe March 27, 2018 7:24 am

    Come on home! 🙂