Wild Thang!

Last week Doug Pellerin captured a couple photos of whooping crane chick #W3-18. This young colt is the offspring of adults 42-09 (F) and 24-09 (M) whose territory is in Adams County, Wisconsin.

The same pair was successful in raising a crane in 2017 (#W3-17). They have been a breeding pair since 2012 and last year’s offspring was the first chick they kept alive long enough to lead it south to their winter territory in Kentucky. 

W3-17 wintered with the adults and then returned to Wisconsin in the spring of this year. It was then chased away from the breeding territory by the adults.

Let’s hope this pair now has enough experience to keep #W3-18 and any future offspring alive.

Whooping crane colt #W3-18 appears to be ~4 weeks old. Photo: Doug Pellerin

Dad #24-09 on the right and Mom #42-09 on the left keep the colt between them. Photo: Doug Pellerin

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  1. Cheryl Murphy July 3, 2018 6:28 pm

    Great news. As always hoping for the very best outcome!!

  2. Marguerite M Turk July 2, 2018 8:54 pm

    It is unbelievable that those 2 stub wings can grow into something that will support that body all the way to Florida. So precious. Just wish for an instant I could hold that fluff ball.

  3. Susanne Shrader July 2, 2018 6:10 pm

    How were the black flies this year?

  4. Jean P aka CrabtowneMd July 2, 2018 5:45 pm

    Awesome good news ! …. Thank you for sharing Doug’s wonderful photos. Hoping and praying that this chick survives to migrate with it’s parents.

  5. Barbara July 2, 2018 2:51 pm


    With focus on the Sandhills, I don’t remember reading too much on Whooping Crane chicks. How many are there this year? Are they being fitted with tracking gadgets? Thanks for the picture.

    • Heather Ray July 2, 2018 4:21 pm

      With Bev Paulan’s recent retirement, we’re not sure. There should be an EMP update in the next day or so. Hopefully that will reveal chick news.

  6. Dorothy N July 2, 2018 12:18 pm

    Great news, and great hopes for W3-18! Thanks for the terrific photos, Doug!!!

  7. Kathleen July 2, 2018 11:20 am

    Great photos, Doug. It must have been thrilling to see them!

  8. Grandma July 2, 2018 11:10 am

    Thanks for sharing these “cute little chick” pictures with us and hoping the parents keep it safe to make the trip south when it is time!

  9. Dick Brooks July 2, 2018 9:34 am

    thanks Doug. Hoping the w 18 numbers get higher with the july wcep update

  10. Elsie Sealander July 2, 2018 7:43 am

    Wonderful news !

  11. Linda Maslin July 2, 2018 7:11 am

    Is W3-17 ok? where did he go after chased off the breeding territory?
    Thanks for publishing these wonderful photos!

    • Heather Ray July 2, 2018 7:51 am

      W3-17 is just fine and still in the area.

  12. Sue McCurdy July 2, 2018 7:10 am

    May I use the photo ?

  13. Sue McCurdy July 2, 2018 7:07 am

    W3-18 is so cute? Please tell his/her mom and dad to take good care of him/her. She/he needs a real name. Thank you for your post Heather and Doug.