Endangered Species
Midwest Region

Form for Reporting Whooping Crane Observations in the Eastern U.S.


Eastern U.S.: If you've seen whooping cranes in the eastern U.S., please complete and submit the form on this web page (below).


Louisiana: If you have seen whooping cranes in Louisiana, please report your sighting at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/whooping-crane-reporting-form.


Western U.S.: If you have seen whooping cranes in the western U.S., please report your sighting at whoopingcrane.com/report-a-sighting/.


Thank you!


When you are lucky enough to see whooping cranes, please do not approach them closely, even in a vehicle, to avoid habituating the birds to human presence. Habituation is one of the greatest dangers that whooping cranes face because it puts them at greater risk from vehicle collisions, predation, and illegal shooting.

Your Contact Information:

First Name

Last Name

Phone Number

E:mail Address

Location of Your Observation:

State         County  


Additional Location Information: If you have any information that would help us pinpoint the location, please include it here. For example; nearest town and distance and direction from that town; nearest road and/or road intersection; GPS coordinates; landowner; or Township, Range, and Section.


Date of Observation:

(Month Day, Year) for example: June 3, 2007

Time of Observation:

for example: 7:30 am

How many whooping cranes did you see?

Details about your observation

Please provide a description of what you saw. Include the type of habitat (i.e., marsh, stream, harvested corn field, etc.), whether any of the whooping cranes were immature, whether there were sandhill cranes nearby, if so - how many, if the whooping cranes were flying, feeding, or loafing, and any other information that you think may be useful or interesting.


NOTE: If your sighting was in Florida, be aware that Florida non-migratory whooping cranes may also carry bands that are orange, yellow, blue, black or gray.

Photo Available?


If you were able to see any leg bands on the whooping crane(s), please continue with the form before submitting. However, if you were not able to see leg bands, click on the submit button.



Leg Bands Observed

Immature whooping crane with leg bands

If you saw bands on the bird's legs, let us know the band color combinations.  Even incomplete records of color combinations may be valuable as they could allow us to narrow down which crane was sighted. 


Each leg has one to four colored leg bands. The bands are red, green, white, or black. For each whooping crane that you saw leg bands, tell us on which leg you saw the bands (right or left), how many bands on that leg, and the color and placement of each band.

Click here for photos and examples of how to report leg bands on whooping cranes.



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Last updated: November 9, 2015


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