Wood Buffalo National Park

The annual search for whooping crane nests in and around Wood Buffalo National Park has been carried out. After 4 days of flying grid patterns in a helicopter 86 nests were located.

John Conkin (Environment and Climate Change Canada/Government of Canada), Sharon Irwin and Lori Parker (Parks Canada) spent numerous hours airborne between May 25-29 to locate the nests in/around the 44,807 km² park.

John reports water conditions were perhaps the best he has seen in his years flying surveys. He also noted higher nest production in peripheral areas, and lower in the core area.

Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada is Canada’s largest national park and one of the largest in the world. It was established in 1922 to protect the last remaining herds of bison in northern Canada. Today, it protects an outstanding and representative example of Canada’s Northern Boreal Plains. 

© Parks Canada / John McKinnon

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  1. kat June 15, 2018 6:54 pm

    It seems pretty decent compared to previous years. The link below said there were 98 in 2017, a new record compared to the previous record of 82 set in 2014.


  2. Agneta June 13, 2018 2:11 pm

    Great news ! Love the work that you are all doing !
    Makes me think of what Chief Seattle said in 1854:
    “What is man without the beasts?
    If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit.
    For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man.”
    Maybe there is hope for mankind to survive after all?
    Keep up the good work and increase the National Parks more and more every year!

  3. kat June 13, 2018 12:54 pm

    How does this compare to other years?

  4. Glenda June 13, 2018 12:52 pm

    How beautiful is that…it’s been such a tough few years in so many ways… Good fortune to the nesters!

  5. Barbara June 13, 2018 12:34 pm

    Wow, 86 nests! Even if a third of them result in surviving Whooping Cranes, that would be about 30 new birds added to the population. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!!! Hoping the buffalo don’t like wetlands.

  6. Bikebrains June 13, 2018 9:24 am

    How does the 2018 nest count compare to previous year’s nest counts?