Journey North News: Winter & Spring 2007

Posted Fridays: Feb. 16, Mar. 2, 16, 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11

May 11, 2007
Western flock: There's news from Texas, Kansas, and Canada, but most of the Whoopers are on schedule for nesting. Eastern flock: With #520's arrival on May 4, all but five are home in Wisconsin. Eight chicks for the next ultralight-led flock are growing bigger daily. Calculate the age range so far, and the average daily weight gain for #702. Our create-a-caption slide show gives you a preview of the new chicks' summer adventures. Then see Brian's surprising answer to this question: How many Whooping Crane eggs does it take to make another Whooping Crane egg?

May 4, 2007
Western flock: Most of the cranes have completed their 2,500-mile migration to Canada and some have begun nesting! Will white-red have a new mate? Eastern flock: No new nesting activity during the week, but 51 are home and the last three from Florida are finally headed north. How will they recognize home? Hopes were dashed for #615's return when he was found dead this week, yet five new hatchlings brought hope for the growing Class of 2007.
April 27, 2007
The first Western flock arrivals will reach the nesting grounds any day! Why is biologist Brian Johns is keeping a special lookout for two of them? One more Eastern crane has arrived in Wisconsin for a total of 51 home, with one more on the way. Meet the first chick hatched for the new ultralight-led flock! Explore how wild and captive-raised chicks learn life's lessons in their first year and click through a slide show about Bode and Ohno, two special cranes.
April 20, 2007
In another BIG news week, the Western flock's leaders have crossed the Canadian border! Only 7 remain in Texas, but in North Dakota the flock lost its first crane in a year. Tom tells about this "senior citizen's" amazing life. Meanwhile, an estimated 50 of the new flock are back in Wisconsin. Three pairs are sitting on nests! Join tracker Lara in a lesson that helps you see how we know where MOST of the Eastern flock birds are, and find out what's happening where eggs will soon hatch the first chicks for the Class of 2007 ultralight-led cranes.
April 13, 2007
What a week for Whoopers! Only five of the Eastern flock are still in Florida, with most back in Wisconsin. The spring's first egg has been laid! It belongs to the parents of the flock's first wild-hatched chick, W1-06. In Western flock news, not one single crane died this winter. In the past week all but 57 of the Western flock's 237 birds began migration. Some are as far as North Dakota on the 2,500-mile flight to Canada. We predict that more nesting news is next. Go cranes!
April 6, 2007
Our two flocks are giving us two very different migrations! While most of the Texas Whoopers stay put, two-thirds of the new Eastern flock are back in Wisconsin. Tom Stehn tells a tall tale about Whoopers on windy days. He also asks good questions as we consider why Whooping Cranes are endangered, but Sandhill Cranes are not. Compare the cranes' current and former ranges. How might you explain why several Wisconsin Whoopers now went to Michigan instead?
March 30, 2007
The migration for cranes of the new Eastern Flock is way ahead of the larger Western Flock (it's still too cold to arrive in Canada). At least 29 Whoopers have migrated back to Wisconsin . Why is it helpful for older cranes to arrive earlier in spring? What's normal behavior for a young crane making its first journey north with Mom and Dad? Tom Stehn explains, and and he tells why it's hard to correcty identify cranes in flight. After Tom's report, try it yourself with our new crane ID photo quiz! And send your questions to Ask the Expert, now open.
March 23, 2007
News Flash! NINE of the new Eastern flock's cranes have been confirmed in Wisconsin after completing spring migration, including the First Family! More >>

March 16, 2007
Here they come! An "early bird" family group has begun migration from Texas. Fifteen whoopers from the new Eastern flock are also migrating, including one first-timer: the new flock's first wild-hatched chick (W601) and her parents! The greatest danger facing migrating cranes is something they cannot even see. What is it? How can cranes be safer?

March 2, 2007
ONE of the world's 309 migratory cranes has begun the journey north! News of other departures will soon follow. From the Texas wintering grounds, Tom introduces us to "Al and Diane," productive parents 20 years old. We consider the survival challenges facing cranes, hear an audio clip by Joe Duff, and look at the successes of helping this endangered species grow in numbers. Why is it important?
February 16, 2007
The February 2 storms in Florida brought tragic news about the young cranes we tracked south last fall with Operation Migration leading the way: Crane #615 was the lone survivor of the Class of 2006. See why his new nicknames are Houdini and Maverick. But there's still something to celebrate, as Sara and Tom explain. This season's new chapter in the whooping crane story is sure to offer adventure and hope. Welcome!

Welcome and Orientation
They stand nearly five feet tall with wingspans wider than most cars. We begin on February 16, when the world's migratory whooping cranes are on their wintering grounds.
Regular WHOOPING CRANE SPRING MIGRATION UPDATES will be posted here on Fridays. (See schedule above.) Download your official journals, make your map of whooping crane habitats, and get ready for the journey north! >>









Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).