Whoopers in Winnebago Co., IL

Two yearling Whooping cranes surfaced in Winnebago Co., IL last week much to the delight of a property owner who had been wondering if his conservation-minded land improvements were having an impact on wildlife.

Cranes 1-17 & 2-17 have been in a somewhat inaccessible area nearby for several weeks but recently, they have come out to forage. 

Local photographer John Longhenry captured a few photos of the two and allowed us to share them with you.

Whooping Cranes observed feeding at a private residence in NW Winnebago County, IL. Photo: John Longhenry

Yearling Whooping cranes 1-17 & 2-17 in Winnebago County, IL. Photo: John Longhenry


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  1. Cheryl N. September 20, 2018 9:01 am

    I’m going to miss the updates and photos so much. Thank you for keeping us informed for all these years, Heather and the team. So sad.

  2. Barb September 18, 2018 9:57 pm

    This is so cool. I hope that pictures and escapades of our Whoppers continue. Will they?

    • Heather Ray September 19, 2018 8:19 am

      only until the end of the current year (by us).