Whooping Crane #38-17

It would appear this young parent-reared female Whooping crane has finally had enough of Horicon Marsh and is heading south for the first time.

Regular readers will recall this now 1 1/2 year old Whooping crane became the first bird in the EMP, which failed to migrate. Instead, she chose to stay at Horicon Marsh for the entire winter season after her release. Refuge staff put out supplemental corn for her and she somehow survived the brutal cold.

This past summer, she met up with a 3 year old male Direct-autumn Release (DAR) crane, #63-15 and he seems to have convinced her to head south with him.

Taking a look at their route thus far, I’d hazard a guess that he is taking her to his old winter stomping grounds in Randolph County, IL but time will tell.

According to her GSM device, these two left Horicon midday on Nov. 21st.

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  1. Cheryl N. November 28, 2018 9:45 pm

    Great news! Safe journey to her and her new friend. Thanks, Heather.

  2. Jean P aka CrabtowneMd November 28, 2018 9:23 pm

    Thank you for keeping us posted. Sure hope they head a bit farther South.

  3. Cheryl Murphy November 28, 2018 6:54 pm

    Great news!!

  4. Junebug November 28, 2018 6:05 pm

    So glad she is going south this winter. Thanks for the update Heather.

  5. Susanne Shrader November 28, 2018 12:13 pm

    Hopefully, her legacy will now be passed on and all the work you and OM have been doing over the years may pay off in a small way.

  6. Elsie Sealander November 28, 2018 11:57 am

    Great news ! It’s so nice that she has a companion.