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Eastern Flock Whooping Crane Nesting Summary
Spring 2014
(Source: WCEP)

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Updated July 20, 2014
PAIR ESTIMATED DATE INCUBATION BEGAN FINAL STATUS
#13-03 and #9-05 April 9 Hatched W1-14 May 8 and W2-14 May 9! W-2 died within a few weeks, and W1-14 disappeared by July 8.
#19-04 and #12-02   Hatched W3-14 May 11. Chick was still alive as of July 6—the only chick still surviving of all the summer hatches to wild parents in the eastern flock.
#42-09 DAR and #24-09   Hatched W4-14 and W5-14 On May 12 and May 14. Only W4-14 was still observed on May 28 survey flight and did not survive to fledge.
#14-08 and #24-08

 

Hatched W6-14 and W7-14 on May 14 and May 16, but neither chick was still alive as of May 28 survey flight.
#11-09 and #15-09   Hatched W8-14 on May 15 and W9-14 on May 17. Neither chick survived the summer.
#8-09 and #2-04 Before April 15 One egg rescued when female died April 18.
#32-09 (DAR) and #5-05   Nest failed in May when parents abandoned it.
#8-05 and #1-04   Nest failed in May when parents abandoned it.
#26-09 and #27-06 (DAR)   Nest failed by April 30.
#W1-06 and #1-10   Hatched chick W12-14 May 16 but chick could be found/was not alive as of May 28.
#16-07 and #16-02   Nest failed in May when parents abandoned it.
#17-07 and #10-09   Nest failed in May when parents abandoned it.
#26-07 and #11-02   Hatched W10-14 and W11-14 on May 16 and May 18. Only W-14 seen with the parents on May 28 survey flight and did not survive the summer.
#39-07 (DAR) and #7-07   Nest failed in May when parents abandoned it.
#25-09 and #4-08   Nest failed in May when parents abandoned it.
#5-10 and #28-08   Hatched W13-14 on May 22. Parents observed with chick on May 28 survey flight! Chick was still alive as of June 16.
#17-07 and #10-09   Nest failed in May when parents abandoned it.
#19-05 and #8-04   Nest had flooded and failed by Apr. 30.
#36-09 (DAR) and #18-03   Nest failed in April, due to flooding.
#7-11 and #10-11   Failed. Nest was abandoned in May.
#12-11 and #5-11   Nest (one egg) failed ~ 5/16.
#12-05 and #12-03   Nest failed. The abandoned nest with 2 eggs was found on the May 28 survey flight.
Summary: A total of 13 chicks hatched to wild pairs in Wisconsin. As of May 16, 2014, five families had hatched new chicks and 13 nesting pairs were observed during aerial tracking surveys. By May 29 aerial survy only five chicks were confirmed. Three pairs could not be located and all other nesting pairs had abandoned their nests. The last nests all failed by the last weekend of May. "It appears that the blackflies just came out really late this year," commented ICF's Eva Szyszkoski. "I think we can safely say that nesting season is over now...unless there is one that we don't know about somewhere."

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