Journey North News: Winter & Spring 2010

Posted Fridays: Feb. 12, 26, Mar. 12, 26, Apr. 2, 9, 16, 22, 30, May 14

FINAL Whooping Crane Migration Update: May 14, 2010
The journey north is done and the miraculous cycle of life continues. Today we celebrate the exciting events or recent days with photos, slideshows, audio and and video. Five new nests in Wisconsin have everyone excited, and habitat conditions in Canada are good. Chicks are coming! View nests from the air with Eva and smile at the first babies in the Class of 2010. Why is this one (photo) napping by a puppet? Create your own captions for what they'll do this summer.
Photo Barb Clauss, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 30, 2010
Many of the 262 western cranes are still migrating, while at least 89 of the new eastern flock are confirmed home. No new nests, but the first hatchling for the new Class of 2010 is expected May 2 at the captive breeding center in Maryland. The journal question takes stock of the flock. Visit International Migratory bird Day with a podcast by craniac Mark Chenoweth. What could be the trouble with the crane in this photo? Our slideshow has the answer. Photo Laura C. Williams

Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 23, 2010
The "St. Marks Two" who left FL April 14 completed their migration April 21! Wearing mini GPS devices, so did the western flock's RAY and YAY; what did researchers learn? Scientist Brian Johns helps us explore how many eggs it takes to make another Whooping crane egg, and an audio clip by Operation Migration's Joe Duff shares his thoughts on how cranes know when they're home. Hear an Earth Day Podcast too. What do you see in this photo—and what don't you see? Find out!
Photo Sue Kersey
Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 16, 2010
The last two dawdlers, #906 and #912, finally left Florida’s St. Marks NWR on April 14. Four Texas whoopers have crossed into Canada and we introduce Lea from our Canada Field Team. How many days did the Class of 2009 chicks spend on the wintering grounds? Nesting news from Wisconsin and a new slideshow give lots to think about, and our photo offers this challenge: What might explain why these cranes flew away? Photo Sue Kersey
Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 9, 2010
The "Chass 9" crane-kids began migration April 5, with two left at St. Marks. Some Texas whoopers have reached South Dakota! Eight nests with adult pairs incubating have already been found in Wisconsin; calculate hatch dates to circle on your calendar. Dig into our interview with the researcher who banded RAY and YAY and ponder this photo to discover what makes crane eyelids unlike yours.
Photo Eva Szyszkoski
Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 2, 2010
The "St. Marks 8" crane-kids completed migration April 1! Fly their journey with a quick video clip. Five 2009 DAR chicks are back too. Meanwhile, a record whooper sighting created excitement in Kansas and the time of peak Texas departures is near. Our slideshow tells how two wild cranes nicknamed YAY and RAY helped launch a new research project. One of those cranes is in this photo. What's happening? Answers and more in this week's report!
Photo: Jessica Rempel

Whooping Crane Migration Update: March 26, 2010
Whooping cranes are homeward bound in both the Central and Eastern flyways. They include eight 2009 crane-kids! Discover which have reached Wisconsin, including the first 2009 DAR chick. How far north have early migrants of the Western flock reached? Consider why small groups leave at different times. See some human actions that help cranes in our slideshow — and this "mystery" photo.
Photo: AltaLink

Whooping Crane Migration Update: March 12, 2010
Migration is underway! One crane from the Texas wintering ground has made the earliest departure on record, while one '09 chick has her own claim to migration fame. At least 27 older cranes in the Eastern flock are on the journey north. Meet a "Crane Extraordinaire" in our slideshow and test your skill at identifying whoopers in our photo quiz. How could it be useful for a crane to change its crown color?
Photo Eva Szyszkoski, ICF

Whooping Crane Migration Update: February 26, 2010
“Things are looking up for this very endangered species,” reports Tom Stehn from the main flock’s Texas wintering grounds where the count is 263 Whooping cranes and plenty of rain. Three Eastern cranes may have begun migration with sandhill cranes. The crane-kids, content in Florida, learned to eat blue crabs. Meet the flock’s most productive pair in our slideshow and compare the two flocks we're tracking. Discover why 929 has a different VHF transmitter (see photo) from all the others. Photo Sara Zimorski, ICF

Whooping Crane Migration Update: February 12, 2010
Get ready! Newly banded and set free, the Class of 2009 crane-kids have begun their final reintroduction steps into the wild at two Florida wildlife refuges. Learn to identify them by deciphering their banding codes. Investigate the outlook for the flock in Texas with the photo story of wild crane Scarbaby. Tour the wintering grounds of both flocks through slideshows. Answer: What will the two cranes pictured here do next in their standoff? Photo Eva Szyszkoski, ICF

Welcome and Orientation
What endangered species stands nearly five feet tall with wingspans wider than most cars? Whooping Cranes! Our reports begin on February 13, when these magnificent birds 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 adventure! Photo Operation Migration




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