After a long day of looking for Sandhill Crane nests in the marsh yesterday, my phone said “Hey” telling me I had an email.
It was a GSM hit on female Whooping crane 7-17. She and male #3-17 have been in Juneau County – on and around Necedah Wildlife Refuge since returning to Wisconsin, so I did a double take when Google Earth showed me they were now in Marquette County – 18 miles from the White River Marsh pensite!
We immediately headed over and in a rare stroke of luck found them with ease.
I had not seen them since the day Brooke and I captured and boxed them here at White River Marsh in early December when they failed to migrate. We released them south of Baraboo with hundreds of Sandhill Cranes. They spent the winter at Wheeler Wildlife Refuge in Alabama.
We are tickled pink they are healthy, still together and are close to home!