LW1-17 Hatches Successfully

LW1-17 Hatches Successfully
LW1-17 Hatches Successfully
LW1-17 Hatches Successfully
The following was announced on the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries-Whooping Crane Facebook page April 13th. We wanted to make sure that all our friends of the Louisiana whooping cranes were aware of this exciting news. Thank you as always for your continued support of the Louisiana whooping crane project.
 
On April 13th, 2017 LDWF welcomed wild-hatched LW1-17 into the world! This chick hatched from an egg produced by captive adults at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland. LDWF received the egg and it was switched into a nest in Avoyelles Parish. Pair L7-11 and L8-11 have nested twice every year since 2014, but so far, have only produced infertile eggs. This, and the fact that they are excellent incubators, made them good candidates to receive a fertile captive produced egg. This year, the timing of their renest and the hatch date of an early laid captive egg coincided perfectly to give these two cranes a chance at working on their parenting skills! On 12 April, L7-11 and L8-11's two eggs were removed from their nest and the pipped (hatching) egg was swapped in. The adults returned to incubate quickly once we had exited the marsh. The two eggs removed were placed into an incubator allowing staff to monitor them for development, although they are likely infertile based on the pairs history. On the morning of the 13th, a call was received from the crawfish farmer that the chick had hatched! Although this chicks biological parent are captive, it is still considered "wild-hatched" and is now known as LW1-17! After years of trying to hatch their own eggs, L7-11 and L8-11 finally have a chick. We hope that their excellent incubation skills will transfer into excellent parenting skills, and that LW1-17 will remain in the population for years to come!