Class of 2020
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only wild hatched chicks were added to the Eastern Migratory Population.
Wild-hatched Whooping Cranes
Hatch Date: April 30, 2020
Spring 2020:W3-20 was born to parents 42-09 and 11-15. The chick grew quickly and before we knew it, it was time to capture the bird to put legs bands on them. ICF staff successfully fit the chick with leg bands. By July 24, one of ICF’s volunteer trackers saw W3-20 take her first flight.
Hatch Date: May 17, 2020
Spring 2020:W13-20 is the first chick to hatch at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, which is very exciting for the EMP. First year parents, 38-17 and 63-15, have done a great job raising their chick. ICF staff attempted to band W13 in mid- July, but the attempt was unsuccessful and they hope to try again in the future. W13 is just old enough to fledge, but they have not yet.
Hatch Date: May 10, 2020
Spring 2020: W14-20 was a surprise chick our pilot found on her flight on May 29. Parents 12-03 and 12-05 are very secretive about their nesting, but luckily, we have Bev to find them and their chicks. W14-20 was captured and banded by ICF staff in mid- July. We have not seen W14-20 fly yet, but they are old enough to fly when they are ready!