Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Whooping Crane Egg Laid at Necedah NWR!

Are More on the Way???

Exciting history-making news! Pair No. 1-01 and 2-02 have produced the first egg ever laid by reintroduced Whooping Cranes in the eastern migratory flock! Over the past 6 days, the pair has remained close to their territory on the Necedah NWR. On April 16, No. 2-02 spent the day sitting as if she were incubating. On April 17, both birds left the nesting area and spent the day in farmland south of the Refuge. When the nest site was checked, there was evidence that one egg had been laid, but it had apparently been destroyed sometime during the previous night. In spite of this setback, we are hopeful this pair will continue to engage in reproductive activity!

Link: International Crane Foundation

Whooping Crane image © 2005 Michael Allen McDowell

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