Volunteer Stories – Tracking Whooping Cranes in Wisconsin

Whooping Crane Tracking Volunteer Doug Pellerin of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, is now in his seventh year of tracking Whooping Cranes for the International Crane Foundation. Before he began volunteering, Doug worked for about 28 years with Alliance Laundry Systems. Prior to tracking Whooping Cranes, Doug volunteered as a Whooping Crane handler during the preparations for the ultralight-led migration flights.

Doug’s experience and interest lead Whooping Crane Tracking Field Manager Eva Szyszkowski to approach him about tracking Whooping Cranes in Wisconsin. Doug loves seeing these beautiful birds in the wild and, on occasion, getting to watch larger Whooping Cranes chase their smaller Sandhill Crane cousins out of their nesting territory. Doug also had the wonderful opportunity to witness one of the Whooping Crane pairs he helped handle raise a chick of their own!

Are you interested in volunteering with the International Crane Foundation? Click here to fill out our Volunteer Application. Our staff will review your application and contact you to discuss which opportunities best fit your experience and interests.

Questions? Please contact Education Program Coordinator Ben Lam at 608-356-9462 ext. 108.