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Wild Whooping Crane Chick Hatches at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Midwest Region, July 11, 2013
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Wild whooping crane family photo: #W3-13 with parents (9-03/3-04) foraging nearby at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.
Wild whooping crane family photo: #W3-13 with parents (9-03/3-04) foraging nearby at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. - Photo Credit: Beverly Paulan/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Congratulations to the newest whooping crane parents at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge! Aerial surveys conducted on July 8, 2013 confirmed the hatch of wild chick W3-13 by whooping crane pair 9-03/3-04. The nest is located in Rynearson Pool 1 at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Cranes are now in an area of drawdown, which will provide ample resources for the new family to forage on throughout the summer season.

This is the sixth nesting season for whooping crane pair 9-03/3-04. Of the nine nesting attempts over the past six seasons, only two attempts (years 2010 and 2013) have produced chicks. Chick W3-13 is expected to fledge in late September or approximately three months after hatching.

Refuge biologists have observed both parents provisioning downward, which could indicate two chicks have hatched. While two eggs were observed at the nesting site, only one chick is confirmed at this time. Refuge biologists will continue to monitor the site and whooping cranes.

Necedah Refuge staff remind anyone who encounter a whooping crane in the wild to please give them the respect and distance they need. Do not approach birds on foot within 200 yards; remain in your vehicle; do not approach in a vehicle any closer than 100 yards.

Visit us online to learn more about Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.

To report Whooping Crane sightings, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species webpage.
Contact Info: Kara Zwickey, 907-226-4675, kara_zwickey@fws.gov
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