First Crane Chicks of 2018 are on the Landscape!

Welcome to the world W1-18 and W2-18! These siblings are from parents 5-11 and 12-11 in Juneau County and are officially the first wild-hatched Whooping crane chicks of the 2018 season.

Mom or Dad with two new Whooping crane chicks. Photo: Bev Paulan

Bev Paulan flew a nest survey over much of Wisconsin yesterday, which made for a long 8-hour flight!

Huge thanks to Bev for locating these two very new chicks (and for the fantastic photo) and 9 other active nests, including: 

27-14/10-11 Marquette Cty
3-14/4-12 Green Lake Cty (Photo below)
3/7-11 Adams Cty
24/42-09 Adams Cty (Photo below)
5-10/28-08 Marathon Cty (Photo below)
32-09/19-10 Wood Cty
W3-10/8-04 Juneau Cty/Necedah NWR
16-07/1-04 Juneau Cty/Necedah NWR
36-09/18-03 Juneau Cty/Necedah NWR

White River Marsh’s Royal Couple (3-14 & 4-12) are on a nest!

Whooping cranes 24-09 (Dad) and 42-09 stand on and near the nest containing two eggs. Photo: Bev Paulan

Mom (#5-10) stands on the nest containing two eggs while Dad (28-08) is nearby. Photo: Bev Paulan

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  1. Mary Dooley May 27, 2018 10:25 pm

    Yay, Yay, Yay! Bev you are amazing doing both photos and flying. Your eyesight is fantastic. This is exciting. Hoping for more chicks and lots of success surviving.

  2. Anne ruh May 13, 2018 5:26 pm

    I’m always on the look out when I drive and I thought I saw a pair of whooping cranes just off hi way 151 near Beaver Dam on Friday. There were also a lot of sand hills. Is this possible?

    • Heather Ray May 13, 2018 6:07 pm

      It certainly is possible Anne!

  3. Barbara May 9, 2018 2:50 pm

    I don’t remember, is this Mom and Dad’s first attempt at making a nest, laying eggs, hatching them and now caring for chicks? BTW, I think all of you guys have the eyes of Superman to find the nests in wetlands from a plane.

    • Heather Ray May 9, 2018 7:24 pm

      which parents?

      • Barbara May 9, 2018 10:00 pm

        The parents of the first chicks of 2018, the chicks in the pictures.

        • Heather Ray May 10, 2018 7:50 am

          They have been parents previously

  4. charlotte mullen May 9, 2018 11:54 am

    Thanks, Bev. We all appreciate the hours of great work you put in to say nothing of the lovely pictures

  5. Dorothy N May 9, 2018 11:02 am

    VERY exciting news. Hearty Congrats to 5-11 and 12-11 for hatching the first chick AND the second chick!! Great photos and thank you Bev!!

  6. Grandma May 9, 2018 9:56 am

    Once again many thanks to all at OM for your dedication and especially sharing your findings with us! Hoping all the nests are safe, chicks grow and add to the population of Whoopers!!

  7. Elsie Sealander May 9, 2018 8:20 am

    Wonderful !

  8. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd May 8, 2018 8:15 pm

    I’m with Barb– triple WHOOP! What great news and super photos. Yeah Bev and OM.

  9. Cheryl N. May 8, 2018 6:37 pm

    Fingers crossed for lots of chicks for 2018!

    • Vanessa Dargain May 9, 2018 12:02 am

      Lots of chicks . And they all turn into healthy fledglings . I’ll definitely cross my fingers for that .


  10. Karen Willes May 8, 2018 5:58 pm

    Great news and fabulous photos!

  11. Dick Brooks May 8, 2018 4:56 pm

    thanks so much. really great news and great work .

  12. Sidney Burr May 8, 2018 4:48 pm

    Amazed at how they can be spotted from a plane. May all the eggs hatch and the chicks be protected this season.

  13. Barbara May 8, 2018 4:09 pm


  14. Jane Maher May 8, 2018 4:08 pm

    Wow! Thanks, Bev!