Crane Migration Update: April 13, 2007
the new flock are still in Florida! Which one is this?
Map and Highlights: Who's
for migration animation >>
is in full swing! Whooping
Cranes in the natural (Western) flock are now spread out from Texas
to North Dakota this week, and lucky observers have spotted them!
#516, #615, #523, and DAR 27_06 are still at Florida
wintering areas, but at least 47 of their flock mates have completed
migration to the Wisconsin Finish
Line. Wayward female #309 is back in New York state.
The Tracking Team will try to relocate the four-year-old
(again) to Necedah NWR, where she can find others of her species
with whom to
mate. The tiny flock needs all the moms they can get!
locations are confirmed, migration progress of both flocks appears live
on our MapServer. Read observer comments as more Whoopers are
spotted in the flyways. Curious about your favorite crane in the
new flock? Life
story pages are updated as information arrives (scroll down
to "Spring 2007" at the bottom of the page).
Eggs on the Way
hunt” at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge turned up a
surprise last week!
The crane team's Richard
Urbanek observed #211 as
she turned or rolled an
a nest she
made with her mate, #217. Last spring, these two became the new flock's first
parents. Will they raise another chick this year?
Two other pairs have been observed nest building on the refuge, but no
eggs have been found yet. Pair #213 and #218 were nest building April
3, but changed sites and began
again. Pair #209 and #416 were also seen building a nest last
week. Five pairs are likely to breed at the refuge this spring. Stay
an imaginary trip inside the egg! >>
Stehn Reports: A Surprise! |Read Tom's report >>
one single Whooper of the Western flock of 237 died during the
winter. How many have begun the 2,500-mile
to Canada? In
a newer, faster airplane, Tom Stehn flew
Western flock's winter
home on April 10 to find out.
made a discovery so surprising that he asked the pilot to
for another look! What was the surprise?
When Will it Hatch?
last year's successful breeding pair began incubating this spring's first
egg on April 3. Whooping
Crane eggs incubate, on average, for 30 days.
will the egg laid on April 3 hatch?
answer in your journal. >>
Week's Crane Resources
- Look: Try
Identifying Whoopers From an Airplane >>
Clip: Whoopers' Wild Goose Chase! >>
- Discover: A
Day in the Life of a Migrating Whooper >>
Crane Migration Journals (click-and-print) >>
Cranes for Kids (booklets,
photos, videos) >>
- Remember: Whooper
Happenings Podcast Tribute to the Class of HY2006 >>
Next Whooping Crane Migration Update Will Be Posted on
April 20, 2007.