Meet the Class of 2014 Whooping Cranes
Hatch-year 2013 of the Eastern Flock

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W3-14 and parents in July
Image: Kelli Brockman-Dempze

Crane # W3-14
Date Hatched May 11, 2014
Gender Female
Left Leg Right Leg


Personality and Training: Crane chick #W3-14 hatched in the wild in Wisconsin to parents #12-12 and #19-04. The parents did a good job protecting their chick, who will not learn to fly until about age 70 days.

On August 12, pilot Bev Paulan confirmed that W3-14 had fledged! A chick's fledging a milestone of survival to celebrate.




W3 can fly!
Image: Eva Szyszkoski
W3 in Flight!
September 14, 2014: Crane #W3-14 was successfully captured and banded. Eva, the ICF bander, said, "We got them BOTH at once! Dad #12-02 was so angry with us that I was able to hook him around the neck as I was holding onto the chick and coworker Andy was right there to get him under control." The youngster will be led on migration without mother, female #19-04, who went missing in late August and is now presumed dead. Eva thinks the young chick is a female, and that turned out to be correct. The young female remained with her father #12-02 as autumn arrived.
W3-14 and father (#12-02) on September 14, 2014, just after banding and release.
Image: Eva Szyszkowski
Fall 2014, First Migration South: W3 and her father, #12-02, were still on territory in Wood County on October 16th. They began migration soon after and were reported in survey flight. Eva said “Just a note to let you know that Greene County, Indiana, by October 22!