May 17, 2005
The first spring migration for the entire flock of Hatch Year 2004 whooping crane
chicks is finished! Crane #418, who began his northward migration on April 18,
completed his historic migration to Necedah NWR on May 16.
Whooping Crane Update: May 13, 2005
Another historic migration is almost complete for the world's two flocks of migratory
whooping cranes. We share both success and sadness as whoopers come home but
the second crane in a month is lost to a predator. Use your cranium in our Craniac
Quick Quiz, see the latest photos, and find out how many chicks you'll be tracking
on fall's ultralight-led journey south.
FLASH! Good News, Bad News on May 3
The good news is that HY2004
cranes #402, 403, 415, 416, 417, 419, and 420 completed their migration!
celebration was tempered by the sad news of finding the remains of #106 in
a wetland in Jackson County, Wisconsin on the same day.
Crane Migration Update: April 29, 2005
Another exciting week in Crane-dom! EASTERN: The group of 4 migrating juveniles
arrived at Necedah! Lone juvenile #418 is now in Indiana. WESTERN: Just 1 crane
(which one?) still at Aransas! NEW WCEP CHICKS: Four 2005 chicks have hatched
so far for fall's ultralight-led
journey south. Journey North for Kids invites you to compare how captive and
Crane Migration Update: April 22, 2005
Earth Day brings a wonderful week of whooper news! Crane
#418 began his migration at last. The first baby chick for
next fall's ultralight flock is 3 days old! Three lost ultra-cranes
in Canada have been found. Several of the only remaining natural
migratory flock are already well into Canada. And the very
FIRST eggs from the new Eastern flock were laid
at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge this week! Photos,
maps, details and more.
FLASH! Chick #418 Begins Migration!
Whoopee! This is the news we've all been waiting for. The only Eastern flock
whooping crane chick on the Florida wintering grounds began its first journey
north! Crane #418, the first (and only) supplemental release chick in the Eastern
flock, most likely began his northward migration on Monday, April 18, as PTT
data put him in Georgia yesterday.
Crane Migration Update: April 15, 2005
Crane #412 was the first HY2004 chick to reach Necedah NWR! Thirty-nine Eastern
whooping cranes are now roosting in and around central Wisconsin. Two are in
Michigan. Three are lost in Ontario and one chick is still in Florida. We
have details! Migration is in high gear for the Western natural flock, and the
first whoopers reached Saskatchewan after a 10-day journey. How do they find “home?” What
makes migration such a perilous time?
Crane Migration Update: April 8, 2005
Whoopee! All 12 of the Eastern chicks are in Wisconsin, and so are 15 of the
older ultra-cranes! Only chick #418 remains alone in Florida. When will he leave?
The natural flock's migration from Texas to Canada is now underway, right on
schedule. Why don't they all go at the same time? On April 3, chick #412 flew
nearly 13 hours, the final 3 hours in darkness; this very strange event leads
to CQ #8. More about PTTs, and a rare video clip of dancing cranes!
Crane Migration Update: April 1, 2005
No fooling: migration is full speed ahead for the Eastern flock! Just one 2004
ultralight-led juvenile remains on the Florida wintering grounds. Ten of the
older ultra-cranes are already “home” in Wisconsin. But nearly all
the Aransas/Wood Buffalo flock remains in Texas. Who is tracking the cranes,
and how? Find photos, the season's first map, and 3 new challenge questions
Flash! Whooping Crane Kids Begin First Journey
Whoop, Whoop! Another historic journey north is underway for
the newest crane kids in the Eastern flock. Eleven of the 12
hatch year 2004 crane kids began their first migration north
on March 25. Flock mate #412 stayed behind at the pen site
with two older, experienced ultra-cranes. Weather has not been
good for migration, and their progress has been minimal. The
suspense has begun!
Crane Migration Update: March 25, 2005
No cranes from the Western flock are migrating yet, and the Florida crane kids
But which older ultracranes have
started the journey north to Wisconsin? Find out which
4 chicks wear the PTTs and why they were picked. Visit a 4th grade classroom
with Journey North, and learn why a sandhill crane is fooling hopeful
whooper watchers in Nebraska. Expect more migration news soon!
Crane Migration Update: March 11, 2005
The wild whooping cranes in the Western flock are still about 3 weeks away from
starting the migration. What's Tom Stehn's story of the 217th crane? All's quiet
on the Eastern flock's wintering grounds, too. Be the scientist and choose which
4 will wear the satellite tracking devices. See the crane projects of proud
students in New Mexico and two beautiful video clips as you fire up for the cranes'
Migration Update: February 25, 2005
They stand nearly
five feet tall. Their wingspan is wider than most cars. And they're an
endangered species. Right now, the world's 262
migratory whooping cranes are on their wintering grounds. Everybirdy’s
got a story, and reading our crane biographies will help you discover the
challenges of restoring
an endangered species. Why does Tom Stehn
say the whooping cranes just had an "A+" year? A new season of
adventure starts today!