It's that time of year again. Eight young whooping cranes have been released on the Wisconsin landscape near Horicon Marsh area. We released the birds in groups of threes and fours last year, but this year is a little different because they released the 8 birds together in the same location. I hear they all survived their first night in the wilderness so the future looks promising. Up to this point I have had no interaction with the 2011 cohort, but now that they are released, it will be my job to track them and monitor how they are doing. I can't wait. Good luck, chickies!