Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 27, 2007

Today's Report Includes:

Photo Margaret Black

Crane scientist Kris meets two cranes that didn't make the team last fall. See the slide show on Kris's computer screen: >>


Migration Map and Highlights: Almost Everybirdy's Home
Departure Log
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Arrival Log
Finish Line
Migration animation >>

This week brought one more Whooper home to Wisconsin, and PTT signals revealed that one more (DAR 27-06) finally began migration from Florida. Only cranes #509, #516, #615, and #523 are still in Florida wintering areas — even though it's getting warm in Wisconsin! Wayward female #309 remains in New York state, and #318 and DAR 33-05 are in Michigan. The new Eastern flock has an estimated 51 of its 59 Whooping Cranes home! Which crane is the newest arrival at the Finish Line?

Many of the Western flock are into the final stretch of their 2,500-mile migration from Texas to Canada! Many lucky observers in the eastern and central flyways have seen flying Whoopers. This is REALLY exciting when you remember that only 15 Whooping Cranes survived just 65 years ago.

Read observer comments live on our MapServer 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).

Egg-citing News! Meet Chick #702 How will they keep the new chicks wild? Listen to Dan: >>

The first chick of the Class of 2007 hatched on April 18 in Maryland, with many happy experts to watch over it. (The #701 egg didn't survive, so the new chick is #2 of the 2007 hatch year.) Since #702 has no other Whooping crane chicks to socialize with yet, its play mate for now is a Sandhill crane. But 702 KNOWS it's a Whooping Crane.
• It hears the Whooper brood call.
• An adult Whooping crane is penned right next to it to ensure proper imprinting.
• Any humans within sight are covered by costumes.

These steps help keep the babies "wild."

Photo WCEP
Chick #702 gets wet feet for the first time: April 26, 2007

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Journal: Learning Life's Lessons Explore! Whooping Crane Kids: Learning Life's Lessons >>

Chicks who just flew their first journey north have come a long way since they hatched almost a year ago. Explore this week's lesson:

Whooping Crane Kids: Learning Life's Lessons

  • (A) In your journal, list skills a young crane learns from its parents before it's ready for life on its own. Start your list from time of hatching. Go through the first year of life, ending with spring migration.
  • (B for Bonus) Which of the skills on your list do you already possess? Which will you need more time and experience to learn?

Write your list in your journal. >>

Western Flock: Cranes Near Home Read Brian's report >>

The 2,500-mile trip from Texas to Canada is almost over for some of the crane pairs. They just need to cross the boreal forested areas of northern Saskatchewan and Alberta and they'll be back at their summer nesting grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park.

Waiting to welcome them is biologist Brian Johns. He will be looking for two special adults this year. Which ones, and why are they so special? Find out in Brian's report.>>

Photo Brian Johns

What is so extraordinary about the Lobstick male? You'll be surprised!

Captive Cranes: Two Chicks Get New Home Slide Show >>
As of April 17, 2007, the world had a total of 485 Whooping Cranes: 340 are wild and 145 are captive. The captive birds live in five breeding centers and five public zoos or displays. Captive Whoopers and the eggs they lay play an important role in bringing back this endangered species.

Meet Bode and Ohno, two chicks who started out as Direct-release chicks last fall, but ended up as new captives in a nice Florida zoo.

Photo Mark Chenoweth
"Bode" is named after an Olympic Athlete. >>
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This Week's Crane Resources
  • Lesson: Signals From the Sky: About Those Ptts >>
  • Nesting News: Wisconsin Whoopers Lay Eggs and Leave Them >>
  • Map: Canadian Nesting Grounds Map/Activities >>
  • Questions and Answers: Expert Answers to Your Whooping Crane Questions >>
  • Whooping Crane Migration Journals (click-and-print) >>
  • Whooping Cranes for Kids (booklets, photos, videos) >>
More Whooping Crane Lessons and Teaching Ideas!

The Next Whooping Crane Migration Update Will Be Posted on May 4, 2007.