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16 Lake Country SNAPSHOTS • August 2010

Baby cranes arrive at Necedah Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is proud to announce the birth of four additional wild, whooping crane chicks. Whooping crane pairs began nesting early in May and after a month of sitting and tending to their nests, the staff welcomed siblings W410 and W5-10 born on June 10, W6-10 born on June 11 off of the refuge in Ju-

neau County, and W7-10 on June 13. These little ones are a welcomed addition to two other wild-born whooping cranes born the end of May. W1-10 and W3-10 have been sighted and reported to be doing well. Crane trackers and biological staff continue to monitor the chicks, from a distance. Chicks are checked four times a day. Adult whoop-

ing cranes continue to care and forage with the chicks near their nesting areas. Adults 3-04 and 9-03* with chick W1-10 can be seen from the refuge’s observation tower or classroom building with a good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope. Everyone is welcome to visit Necedah National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate the birth

of the newest arrivals. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is open sunrise to sunset. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish

and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www. fws/gov. The refuge office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and located two miles

north on Headquarters Road off of Highway 21 four miles west of the village of Necedah or 18 miles east of Tomah. Call 608565-2551 with any questions.

Submitted by Daniel Peterson, education and outreach coordinator, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.

Shermalot Skiers Dan Young/Lake Country Snapshots

Two men “helicopter” off the ski jump.

Fine form is shown by this line of women slalom skiers.

Pairs of skiers riding the same skis start off the dock at Lake Arrowhead.

WRT Lake Country Snapshots  

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