Destination: Wood Buffalo National Park

From Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to their destination, Wood Buffalo National Park , the only surviving natural wild flock of whooping cranes make this incredible 2,500 mile migration each spring to begin their nesting season.  Absolutely an amazing journey and feat!

This captivating photo of whooping cranes over Saskatchewan, was taken by John Siller from Saskatchewan. Below is John’s account on how this photo came about. It’s a perfect example of always having your camera within reach.

Friends of the Wild Whoopers, (FOTWW) would like to thank John for allowing us to share his photo of the wild ones.

Destination Wood Buffalo National Park. Whooping Cranes Over Saskatchewan.
Whooping Cranes Over Saskatchewan. Photo by John Siller

“So I was working on a grain auger this morning right out front of the shop doors. Stubborn thing just would not start. As I worked I could hear flight after flight of cranes flying past on today’s strong SE wind. I always looked up, checking for white ones, but no luck…. As there were so many going past I thought perhaps a wise man would have his camera ready, just in case. I walked over to the pickup and took out my camera, turned it on, checked the settings and heard another flight coming in. As they passed my jaw dropped, 3 Whoopers at the end of the flight and I am standing there loaded and ready. Not perfect but… This is a prize for me and glad to share it. I hope some of you enjoy it.”

We are confident that everyone will enjoy seeing this photo! Thank you John! logo

***** FOTWW’s mission is to help preserve and protect the Aransas/Wood Buffalo
population of wild whooping cranes and their habitat. *****
Friends of the Wild Whoopers is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.


3 thoughts on “Destination: Wood Buffalo National Park”

  1. I would sure like to know where in Saskatchewan those Whoopers were spotted…..I may have to go for a drive in this terrible wind!!!! Thanks!!

    • Hello Nicole,

      The whooping cranes in the photo were spotted near Regina, SK in Canada. We hope you get to see some on their migration north to Wood Buffalo National Park.


  2. This is such an amazing photo and such a joy to see these magnificent whooping cranes soaring in the sunlit skies of SK. How lucky John is to have been able to photograph them. I for one, who has never seen a whooping crane in my life am forever grateful that there are people out there lucky to be able to see and photograph them. To John Siller and FOTWW, I want to say “Thank you!”

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