Whooping Crane #38-17

Regular readers will recall female Whooping crane #38-17 didn’t migrate south last winter. She was released at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in September and, while she flew well, she only ventured about a mile away from the refuge, all winter.

She survived the cold with supplemental corn put out by refuge staff and she likely ate snow, in place of water, when the surrounding marsh was frozen for weeks at a time.

This summer, she met up with a 3 year old male Whooping crane, #63-15. He had been using an area of the refuge a bit northeast of 38-17’s typical foraging and roosting locations. 

Since the two found each other, they’ve been exploring the surrounding areas together and Doug Pellerin recently sent along a couple of photos to share.

Let’s hope she follows her new friend south this winter!

Male Whooping crane #63-15 is on the left. #38-17 on the right. Photo: Doug Pellerin

Photo: Doug Pellerin

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  1. Kim Lowman Vollmer November 2, 2018 5:38 pm

    I love following their travels and often hear them fly over my house in South Beloit IL


  2. Ann Gillis October 28, 2018 1:38 pm

    Please keep us informed. I am soooo glad help was there to provide for her last winter.

  3. Cheryl N. October 28, 2018 10:57 am

    Thank you for the update and photos! Great pictures, Doug, and well done for getting them! I am going to really miss these updates. Thank you, Heather.

  4. Barb October 27, 2018 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the update. If she decides to stay put, will some one feed corn as was done last year?

  5. Elsie Sealander October 26, 2018 12:25 pm

    Good news. Thank you.

  6. Grandma October 26, 2018 11:48 am

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Hopefully it will lead to nesting and new whoopers next year.

  7. Dorothy N October 26, 2018 11:47 am

    Thank you Doug for the great photos and Heather for the update!!! I hope this couple hangs together!