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.