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Refuge Wildlife Series: Whooping Cranes


Wild whooping cranes live at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge during the months of March through November.  Chicks are cinnamon in color during their first year. 


 Whooping Crane Program at Necedah NWR on November 9th 


NECEDAH, Wisc. (FWS) – On Saturday, November 9th, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge will host an informational program about the endangered Whooping Cranes who call the refuge home.  This free program is a continuation of our Refuge Wildlife Series. 


From 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Visitor Services Specialist, Kara Zwickey, will introduce visitors to the iconic Whooping Crane found at Necedah NWR.  During this one hour program, visitors will discover what makes North America’s tallest bird so extraordinary.   Visitors will also learn about the historical struggle this species has faced, as well as new management techniques that may prove to be a potential game changer for fledging young!  This program is suitable for children and adults of all ages.  This program will be held indoors at the Visitor Center.   


Visitors are also invited to enjoy the exhibits inside the Visitor Center as well as the eight miles of hiking trails located on the refuge.  Dogs are welcome on refuge trails, though they must be leashed and owners are responsible for cleaning up pet waste.  


For more information on public programming or a copy of our trail maps, contact the Necedah NWR Visitor Center at 608-565-2551 or by e-mail at  Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and is located off of Highway 21 four miles west of the Village of Necedah or 18 miles east of Tomah.  Refuge lands are open sunrise to sunset year-round.  For additional information please call 608-565-2551or visit us online at 



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Last Updated: Nov 20, 2013
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