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Yesterday morning we were up before the sun and headed out to the marsh nearby to try to locate some Sandhill crane nests (More about that later this week).

As we crested the hill we saw a large wetland alive with Sandhill cranes. The noise was deafening as they chattered among themselves. 

As the sun began to light up the marsh we noticed two large white Whooping cranes among the Sandhill’s and a quick check of the receiver told us they were 4-17 & 6-17; siblings which were costumed raised at White River Marsh last year!

These two had spent the winter in Fulton County, Kentucky and had made it back to White River Marsh! 

Here are a couple of photos I snapped with Jeff’s camera.

Whooping cranes 4-17 and 6-17 in Green Lake County, WI. Photo: H. Ray


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  1. Mollie Cook April 23, 2018 9:32 pm

    Great & exciting news Heather. Welcome back to the Marsh! It will be good to see it again when the cam is operational. Really looking forward to this season. Thank you for the update & we’ll be waiting for the other 5 from 2017 + others of course.

  2. Mindy April 23, 2018 12:21 pm

    Awww, so exciting! Thank you for the update Heather! Good to see them!

  3. Calistus Holland April 23, 2018 12:04 pm

    Heather glad to see that you are back at the WRM DOING what you love doing. Keep up with the. Great work. I like reading your posts. I will be starting to make the bird houses you said you would like. I will contact you when they are done

  4. CALISTUS HOLLAND April 23, 2018 11:53 am

    Heather glad to see that you are back at WRM doing what you have dedicated your life doing. Keep up the great work. I like reading your posts and do so when ever I can. Thank you again. I am going to start building the bird houses that you said you would like. When they are ready I will get in contact wit you.

    • Heather Ray April 23, 2018 11:56 am


  5. Grandma April 23, 2018 11:52 am

    The return of 4-17 and 6-17 has to be so rewarding. Thank all at OM for their dedication.

    • Heather Ray April 23, 2018 11:57 am

      Thanks so much! We’re anxiously awaiting the return of the other 5 🙂

  6. Bikebrains April 23, 2018 11:09 am

    At some point, could OM or a related group write a review of the new release method and compare it to the aircraft led method? What is the survival rate of this year’s chicks? What percentage of the surviving chicks are returning to the area where they were raised? How many are associating with sandhills? The usual questions.

    • Heather Ray April 23, 2018 11:30 am

      All great questions and it is too early to answer most unfortunately.

  7. Cheryl Murphy April 23, 2018 7:31 am

    Great news!