Whooping Crane Whooping Crane
Today's News Fall's Journey SouthReport Your Sightings How to Use Journey North Search Journey North

Whooping Crane Migration NEWS FLASH: May 16, 2006

Migration is complete for young #516, but not on his own wing power. He was retrieved from a flooded backyard in Eaton County, Michigan at 2:02 CDT on May 16. A small private plane transported him to Necedah NWR in Wisconsin to join the other cranes on the summer nesting grounds. After doctors checked him, #516 was released at 6:08 PM. He soon settled on a pond to roost.

#516 Home in Wisconsin May 16, 2006
Photo ICF

Why Was He Captured?
Crane #516 was reported alone at the Michigan site on May 12-13. Up until then, he had been with buddy #522 in Decatur County, Indiana. Because of injury, #516 missed a significant portion of the northern part of the ultralight-led migration in autumn 2005. Separated from #522, he was unlikely to complete migration to Wisconsin on his own. Now he's safely home. Next year he'll get another chance to migrate south and north on his own. Good luck, #516!

During the flight to retrieve #516, the crane team checked the locations of the 3 other Eastern flock cranes now in Michigan: #522, as well as #318 and DAR #533 remain in three different areas.

Way to go, crane team, and WELCOME HOME, #516!

Copyright 1997-2006 Journey North. All Rights Reserved.
Please send all questions, comments, and suggestions to
our feedback form

Annenberg Web SiteToday's News Fall's Journey South Report Your Sightings How to Use Journey North Search Journey North Journey North Home Page