Our captive Whooping Cranes are laying eggs – breeding season is here!
A tradition at the International Crane Foundation is to follow our “Egg Scorecard,” which tracks the Whooping Crane eggs from our captive flock and wild nests in Wisconsin.
We’ll be posting updates to our scorecard on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so check back often in the coming weeks to view our progress. Click here to learn more about Whooping Cranes.
Whooping Crane eggs laid at the International Crane Foundation (5/17/18)
Our first egg was laid on April 4 this year!
Eggs laid: 18 – On May 1 we received two eggs pulled from pair 14-08/24-08’s nest at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin. The egg removal was timed with the spring hatch of black flies, which can drive the cranes from their nests – the cranes have now renested after the black fly numbers have subsided. The following day we transferred two eggs to the Audubon Species Survival Center in Louisiana for hatching – one of these eggs died, but the other hatched on May 13.
Wild Whooping Crane nests in Wisconsin (5/15/18)
Note: Each crane is identified by a two-part number (e.g. 12-11), with the second number identifying the hatch year. A “W” indicates that the crane hatched in the wild.
Wild-hatched chicks: 1
12-11/5-11 – W1-18
Other pairs on nests: