Cranes on the Move…

Photographer Gordon Garcia sent along the following images for us to share. They feature two young male Parent-Reared Whooping cranes #’s 19-17 & 25-17.

These two are currently on their way south and stopped in Kane County, IL for a few days. They may return to the same wintering area used last year, which was Jackson County, Alabama.

Whooping crane #19-17 on the right and #25-17 on the left. Photo: Gordon Garcia

This is a fantastic photo to illustrate the difference between N. America’s two crane species. Sandhills on the left and the two male whoopers on the right. Photo: Gordon Garcia

#25-17 has a conversation with a Sandhill crane. Photo: Gordon Garcia

#19-17 with the double white legband in the foreground and #25-17 in the background. Photo: Gordon Garcia

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  1. Mark Chenoweth November 25, 2018 4:50 pm

    While it saddens me that the work of OM has ended, the birds who remain and the continued work of those doing parent-raised birds is inspiring, and will allow continuation of the spirit and efforts that has been put forth. This species has not been easy to promote and follow, but the attention and enduring work the OM team put forth has certainly put an enmity between their present status (with over 100 birds in the wild now) and what would have been their inevitable extinction. I do not believe they will become extinct, as too much focus on these birds still exists, and the seeds have been planted to get them on track to proliferate and better establish themselves. The Sandhills had their issues and were near extinction over a century ago, and now are considered a growing and thriving species. I have no doubt that this will be the case and continue to prove to be the same for the Whoopers as well. They carry with them the hearts of too many who care, and the work of OM and others like the ICF will never be forgotten. We can only hope and pray that while they may never become as common as Sandhills, every so often a ‘white bird’ is spotted amidst the gray… a reminder that people who care make all the difference!

    Mark Chenoweth


  2. Grandma November 13, 2018 10:27 am

    Thank you for sharing the photos of these magnificent birds! It is good to know they are on their way South!

  3. ElsieSealander November 13, 2018 7:55 am

    Thank you Gordon for the great pictures.

  4. Barbara Ann November 12, 2018 3:05 pm

    Such glorious pictures!!! Thanks so much for posting them.