WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - Two endangered whooping cranes have produced a new baby in central Wisconsin.
The chick was hatched in the wild this week in Marathon County. It’s the offspring of a male and female that took part in a migration effort to increase the crane population in eastern North America.
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership says 25 chicks have hatched in the wild since 2006 – but all but 5 died from a variety of causes. Those five have fledged into the wild.
For the partnership, the hatching is much-needed good news after black flies hurt nesting efforts at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Juneau County.
All but one of 20 nests were lost earlier this month – and officials say the lone surviving nest has at least one chick.