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Class of 2020

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This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only wild-hatched chicks were added to the Eastern Migratory Population.

Wild-hatched Whooping Cranes

Sex: Unknown
Hatch Date: April 30, 2020

Spring 2020: W3-20 was hatched to parents 42-09 and 11-15. The chick grew quickly, and ICF staff successfully fitted the chick with leg bands. By July 24, one of ICF’s volunteer trackers saw W3-20 take its first flight.

Sex: Unknown
Hatch Date: May 17, 2020

Spring 2020: W13-20 is the first chick to hatch at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, which is very exciting for the Eastern Migratory Population! First-year parents 38-17 and 63-15 have done a great job raising their chick. ICF staff attempted to band W13 in mid-July, but the first attempt was unsuccessful, and they hope to try again. W13 is just old enough to fledge, but they have yet to begin flying.

Sex: Unknown
Hatch Date: May 10, 2020

Spring 2020: W14-20 was a surprise chick our pilot Bev found on her May 29 flight. Parents 12-03 and 12-05 are very secretive about their nesting, but luckily, we have Bev to find them and their chicks. W14-20 was captured and banded by ICF staff in mid-July. We have not seen W14-20 fly yet, but they are old enough to fly when ready!