Class of 2019
About this Year’s Whooping crane chicks:Two of this year’s chicks were captive-born and raised by either their foster parents or biological parents in a captive-breeding facility with little human contact. They were raised at the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin and so far one has been released near wild Whooping Crane pairs in hopes that they would learn to fly and migrate with their adoptive parents.
79-19 (Balerion)Sex: Female
Hatch Date: June 1, 2019
Fall 2019: 79-19 was released in Green Lake County, Wisconsin near adults 67-15 and 3-17 to help her learn how to be a whooping crane. She continued associating with them. By mid-November she arrived in Morgan County, Alabama. She remained here for the winter.
Spring 2020:79-19 started migrating north in February. She spent some time in Fayette County, Illinois. By mid-April she arrived at Horicon Marsh in Dodge County, Wisconsin. She has been associating with male 74-18 and his father 16-11.
80-19 (Arya)Sex: Female
Hatch Date: June 6, 2019
Fall 2019: After recovering from a wing injury in captivity, 80-19 was released at Goose Pond at the beginning of November. She remained here for the winter, learning from other whooping cranes in the area.
Photo: Hillary Thompson
Spring 2020:80-19 began her spring migration in March and arrived at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge at the end of March. It was a short stay as she arrived back in Indiana by mid-April. She was last seen in Illinois as of the end of May.
Photo: John Pohl
Hatch Date: May 3, 2019
W1-19 and 12-11. Photo: Hillary Thompson
Spring 2020: W1-19 was not seen for much of the winter. In March she was spotted in Ford County, Illinois. By the first of July, she was spotted again in Juneau County, Wisconsin, at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Since then she has started associating with male W10-18. Hopefully they will become a new pair!
Hatch Date: June 2019
Hatch Date: June 22, 2019
Summer 2019: W19-19 hatched at Necedah NWR to pair 9-05 and 13-03. This was a special hatch, as the chick came from 9-05 and 13-03’s third nest attempt of the season- only the second pair to do this in the EMP! He/she fledged in September.
Fall 2019: After many attempted captures, W19-19 eluded us every time and still roams bandless. Family 13-03, 9-05, and W19-19 migrated together and were first seen at their wintering location of Goose Pond at the beginning of November. They also made a stop in Winnebago County, Illinois on the way.
Photo: Bev Paulan
Spring 2020: W19-19’s first spring sighting was in May at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge and seems to be associating with female W3-18 and occasionally male W5-18. Hopefully W19-19 will pair up with W3-18 and we will try again this year to capture it!