In the last month, Whooping Cranes have started to move north, but haven’t migrated all the way back to Wisconsin.
Below is the most recent update for the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes. In the last month, migration has begun! A huge thank-you to the staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Natural Resources, the International Crane Foundation and all of the volunteers who help us keep track of the cranes throughout the year. We appreciate your contribution to the recovery of the Whooping Crane Eastern Migratory Population.
For more than 40 years, many organizations and agencies have been working to bring back the Whooping Crane. Today, their majestic presence and unique haunting call are slowly re-emerging on the landscape – including eastern Kentucky.
On a warm fall morning late last month we safely transported one of our Hooded Cranes, “Belmont,” one-hour south to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.
We stole 15 Whooping Crane eggs. But don’t worry! It’s all part of a science-based strategy to increase the number of Whooping Cranes above their current world population of just 600 birds. And, so far, the results are looking good.
Resources ADA Accessibility and Scooters: Accessibility and safety are very important to the International Crane Foundation. The main trails throughout the crane exhibit area are paved and easily accessed by visitors… Continue reading Guest Services
Cranes: General QuestionsQ: How many kinds of cranes are there, and how many does the International Crane Foundation have?A: There are 15 species in the crane family Gruidae. Four of the… Continue reading Frequently Asked Questions About Cranes
Two of this year’s chicks were captive-hatched and raised by adult cranes with little human contact at the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin. 2019 also had 19 chicks hatch with… Continue reading Class of 2019
This summer, I had the chance to go to Caohai and talk with many of the girls who are part of the One Helps One Program and learn about their families, schools, hobbies, and their plans for the future.
An old English proverb states “the eyes are the window to the soul.” In my line of work, the eyes are sometimes a window into the health of a patient. Though the eyes may not be the most prominent feature of cranes, compared to raptors for instance, the cranes do show beautiful diversity in eye color, and have a predictable shape and relationship to the form of the skull. When changes occur in this presentation, the observant among us know something could be wrong.