Well Well, Would ya Look at That…

Remember the young parent-reared Whooping crane that stayed in Wisconsin last winter? I monitored her (38-17) and another young Whooper once they were released at Horicon NWR and while 39-17 headed south with Sandhill cranes, 38-17 decided to stay at the refuge. all. winter.

A few capture attempts were made but she evaded her captors each time so the decision was made to provide supplemental food. 

Well 38-17 survived the brutally cold winter and looked none the worse for wear whenever Doug Pellerin sent along photographs of her.

Well today Doug messaged me and said she was not alone! Indeed she had found another Whooping crane – The lucky fella is male #63-15 who typically spends time on the northeast corner of the refuge. 

I saw by 38-17’s GSM device that she ventured over that way earlier this week and I wondered if she might spot 63-15. Well it turns out she did and she managed to convince him to return to the west side of the refuge.

Here are some photos Doug captured on Wednesday (Thanks Doug!)

Photo: Doug Pellerin

Photo: Doug Pellerin

Photo: Doug Pellerin

Photo: Doug Pellerin

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  1. Marilyn Fleming September 11, 2018 10:01 am

    Yes, this is awesome. That is why I worry about the Whoopers with sport shooting of the Sandhills.

  2. Vanessa Dargain September 10, 2018 9:23 pm

    A very nice family photo . Thanks


  3. Vanessa Dargain September 10, 2018 8:47 pm

    A very handsome family . Nice .


  4. clemente acosta August 25, 2018 8:59 pm

    Beautiful pictures Thanks

  5. PattiLat August 25, 2018 11:50 am

    Thanks Heather and Doug. Love hearing any news especially when its good news. Perhaps another WRM couple spring and summer. Where did 63-15 spend his winters?

  6. Diane August 24, 2018 10:52 pm

    Totally awesome! Thank you for this! Will miss the updates!

  7. Glenda May August 24, 2018 10:10 pm

    Makes your heart swell…. WONDERFUL NEWS!

  8. Nancy Drew August 24, 2018 3:51 pm

    Great job Doug. That is one wiley Crane.

  9. Jean aka CrabtowneMd August 24, 2018 3:01 pm

    Fantastic news. Awesome photos too! Hoping this becomes a permanent couple and that he teaches her the migration route this Fall.

  10. Grandma August 24, 2018 11:14 am

    Thank you for the happy update!

  11. Cheryl N. August 24, 2018 10:55 am

    Happy news! Thanks as well for the great photos, Doug.

  12. Anna Ely August 24, 2018 10:05 am

    Awesome news!! Hopefully she will head south with him when the time comes!

  13. Dorothy N August 24, 2018 9:57 am

    Thank you Doug for your persistence. What a wonderful find!

  14. Dick Brooks August 24, 2018 9:27 am

    Thanks Doug and OM. Great photos and news.

  15. Barb August 24, 2018 8:27 am

    How wonderful!!! I was thinking about her during this past week, hoping she would find a friend that could lead her to warm weather this Fall.

  16. Cheryl Murphy August 24, 2018 7:58 am

    This is great news. Whoopee!

  17. Elsie Sealander August 24, 2018 7:54 am

    Wonderful news.

  18. Lindi Allen August 24, 2018 7:26 am

    Awesome 🙂 maybe he will get her to go south with him this fall.