Class of 2021 - International Crane Foundation

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Class of 2021

Wild-hatched Whooping Cranes

W2-21

W10-21

W11-21

W14-21

W2-21
Sex: Unknown
Hatch Date: April 30, 2021

Spring 2021: W2-21 hatched to parents 4-12 and 3-14 at White River Marsh. This is the first time this pair has hatched a chick, and this is the first chick to fledge from White River Marsh! W2-21 fledged mid-July and spent the summer exploring the marsh with their parents. We are very excited to watch this little one grow up!

W10-20
Sex: Unknown
Hatch Date: May 21, 2021

Spring 2021: W10-21 hatched to parents 12-03 and 12-05 at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. This pair has fledged chicks the past two years (W14-19 and W14-20), so we were excited to see them do well a third year in a row! W10-21 fledged in early August and so far has eluded capture crews. They spent the summer exploring a remote part of the refuge with their parents, and we look forward to seeing them on the wintering grounds in Indiana.

W11-21
Sex: Male
Hatch Date: May 23, 2021

Spring 2021: W11-21 hatched to parents 18-03 and 36-09 at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. This pair is always very protective of their eggs and chicks, so we had our fingers crossed for them this year. W11-21 was captured and banded in early August and fledged shortly thereafter! This family group has been spending the summer in the marsh, getting ready for their migration this fall.

W14-21
Sex: Male
Hatch Date: June 2, 2021

Spring 2021: W14-21 hatched to parents 2-04 and 25-09 at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. This pair laid two eggs, but the second egg was collected and transferred to the Audubon Species Survival Center in Louisiana. The second egg hatched and will be raised for release into the wild in the fall. W14-21 was the youngest chick of the year, he was banded, and fledged in late August. This family group has spent a lot of time in open water at Necedah, so W14 is a strong swimmer!