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Whooping Crane Update – November 1, 2019

Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month Whooping Cranes have started migrating! A huge thank-you to the staff of the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Departments of Natural Resources of flyway states, the International Crane Foundation, and all the volunteers who help us keep track of the cranes throughout the year. We appreciate your contribution to the recovery of the Whooping Crane Eastern Migratory Population. This report is produced by the International Crane Foundation for the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership.

Population Estimate

The current estimated population size is 85 (40 F, 42 M, 3 U). To the best of our knowledge, as of 1 November at least 58 Whooping Cranes are in Wisconsin, 3 are in Michigan, 7 are in Indiana, and 7 are in Illinois. The remaining birds’ locations have not been confirmed in the last month, some of which have likely started migration. See map below.

2019 Cohort

W1-19 (F) is still with parents 12-11 and 5-11 in Juneau Co, WI.

W14-19 (F) is still with parents 12-03 and 12-05 in Juneau Co, WI.

W19-19 (U) is still with parents 9-05 and 13-03 in Juneau Co, WI.

79-19 (F) was released during October in Green Lake Co, WI, near adults 67-15 and 3-17. She is currently associating consistently with the adults and all three are still in Green Lake Co, Wisconsin.

2018 Cohort

W1_18 (F) was the first Whooping Crane to show up in Greene Co, IN this fall. She is currently in the same area as W5-18 (M) and W10-18 (U).

W3_18 (F) is still with 16_04 (M) in Juneau Co, WI.

W5_18 (M) and W10_18 (U) left Wisconsin together and turned up in Greene Co, IN. They are currently in the same area as W1-18 (F).

W6_18 (M) is still associating with a group of Whooping Cranes in Juneau Co, WI.

73_18 (F) and 74_18 (M) are still with father 16_11 in Dodge Co, WI.

75_18 (M) and 78_18 (F) are still in Dodge Co, WI.

77_18 (M) is still in Washtenaw Co, Michigan.

Mortality or Long-term missing

None known during October.

Confirmed Whooping Crane locations as of 1 November 2019.