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Individual Information for each whooping crane in the eastern flock.

Revised Feb. 9, 2015


In the PDF document, click on the hatch year to view more information about the individual whooping crane.




News Release: Sept. 10, 2015

Whooping crane class of 2015 gets ready for next adventure: migration

PRINCETON, Wis. – Members of the whooping crane class of 2015 are getting ready for their next big adventure.


For the first time in their young lives they’ll learn to fly to their wintering grounds in the central and southeastern United States, another crucial step in efforts to re-establish a migratory population in the eastern half of North America.  Hatched and raised in a variety of settings to increase cranes’ overall chance for survival, the whoopers also will reach their destinations in a variety of ways.


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Project Update: Sept. 7, 2015

Many thanks to our crane trackers at the International Crane Foundation and Operation Migration, as well as Heather Ray, Wisconsin DNR pilots Bev Paulan and Mike Callahan, and the volunteers and public all working to help us keep an eye on our birds wherever they may roam.


The map documents the most recent locations of all whooping cranes currently being tracked. Additionally, the transmitter list has been updated. The current maximum population size is 92 birds (50 males, 40 females, 2 unknown), including the three newly-fledged chicks.


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Aug. 21, 2015 - Wisconsin Public Radio Interview

Wisconsin Public Radio - Checking In On Wisconsin's Whooping Cranes

Glen Moberg talks to Anne Lacy, Crane Research Coordinator for the International Crane Foundation, about whooping crane recovery.



Project Update: July 27, 2015

The hybrid crane colt captured last week is safe and was transferred to the Milwaukee County Zoo, where it will be housed at the facility - together with their lone sandhill crane. There will be no experiments performed on this chick, and we are confident that its well-being is secure.


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Project Update: July 22, 2015

The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) and staff with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have captured a hybrid crane chick, referred to as a ‘Whoophill,’ in eastern Wisconsin and will place the chick in captivity. Whoophills are a result of a successful pairing between a Whooping crane and a Sandhill crane. This young hybrid was first noticed at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Dodge County, Wisconsin in late May.


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Project Update: May 28 to June 30, 2015

It’s been a very busy month! We’ve had a bumper crop of chicks, a new “species” for the state of Wisconsin, and the 2014 Cohort birds – both Ultralight and Parent-Reared – have been stretching their wings and wandering far and wide. Many thanks to our crane trackers at ICF, as well as Heather Ray, Wisconsin DNR pilots Bev Paulan and Mike Callahan, and the volunteers and public all working to help us keep an eye on our birds wherever they may roam.


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Nesting Summary as of June 30, 2015


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Project Update: May 5 to 28, 2015



Maximum size of the eastern migratory population at the end of the report period was 93 birds (52 males, 41 females). Estimated distribution at the end of the report period included 90 whooping cranes in Wisconsin, 1 in Michigan, 1 in Indiana and 1 in Alabama. This total does not include 9 newly hatched chicks.


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News Release: First wild whoopers hatch in 2015; record nests spur hopes of more young

NECEDAH, WI - The first wild whooping crane chicks have hatched in Wisconsin and are lifting hopes that a record number of Wisconsin nests may yield more chicks this year and increase the chances they’ll survive and eventually help build a self-sustaining population of endangered whooping cranes in eastern North America.


A chick hatched on May 3 and at least three more hatched over the Mother’s Day weekend, all at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. More chicks are expected to hatch in the coming weeks, potentially adding up to one of the best years given a record 31 nests in Wisconsin this spring, according to reports by researchers using airplanes and ground observations to monitor nests.


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