Whooping Cranes

Adams County, Wisconsin: Whooping Crane

My wife and I saw our first Whooping Cranes yesterday.  We were the Leola Marsh in northern Adams County observing Sandhill Cranes in a local marsh. In the distance I saw four large white birds taking flight.  I thought they might be Whoopers but I was not sure because they were too far away and flying away from us.  A little while later we were driving on County Road W and spied four Whooping Cranes among several hundred Sandhills feeding in a corn field.

There are only 450 Whooping Cranes in the wild, about 100 of them are found in Wisconsin. They all have legs band for identification. Each of the four we spied also had GPS locators (notice the antenna pointed downwards on  the left leg).

Necedah, Wisconsin is the center of major Whooping Crane breeding operation. It is about 40  miles from here as the crane flies.  Hopefully the crane population is rebounding such that we will be seeing more and more of these magnificent birds.

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