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The Loss of Hemlock

We are deeply saddened to share the loss of Hemlock (18-12), a female Whooping Crane who was part of a very special family that returned to Wisconsin in late August. Hemlock was hatched at the ICF headquarters in 2012, and was transferred to White Oak Conservation in Florida in 2016 to pair with male Whooping Crane Grasshopper (16-11). The young pair produced two chicks this spring, and after the chicks fledged the family was relocated to Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Wisconsin. Hemlock’s body was found in late September, with no signs of predation. A necropsy was performed at the National Wildlife Health Center with no conclusive results. We are awaiting further test results that may answer why she passed. Grasshopper and their two chicks remain together and continue to do well as they prepare for fall migration. Learn more about the family’s release at Horicon [click here].