Our Whooping Cranes are laying eggs and chicks are hatching – 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 (7/11/18 – final stats)
Our first egg was laid on April 4 this year!
Eggs laid: 30, plus 6 eggs from wild nests in Wisconsin were transferred to our headquarters in May. Of these six, four hatched at our headquarters!
Hatched: 11 – Our first 2018 chick hatched on March 22! Julep, Real Quiet and American Pharaoh are being parent-reared at our headquarters for release in Wisconsin this fall. The remaining seven chicks Burgoo, Ferdinand, Derby, My Boy Jack (MBJ), Calumet, Meridian, Paddock and Whiskey are being costumed-reared by our staff for release in Louisiana later this year.
In addition, we have one Hooded Crane Justify that is being reared at our headquarters at Crane City!
Wild Whooping Crane nests in Wisconsin (7/12/18)
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: Six remaining!
12-11/5-11 – 2 chicks, lost one and W1-18 remaining
24-09/42-09 – 2 chicks, lost one and W3-18 remaining
W3-10/8-04 – 1 chick lost; second egg collected and brought to our headquarters, where it hatched.
16-07/1-04 – 1 chick, W6-18; second egg collected and brought to our headquarters, where it hatched.
9-03/3-04 – 2 chicks, 1 chick remaining
14-08/24-08 – 1 chick
23-10/4-08 – 1 chick