For the first time in 77 years, not one but two baby whooping cranes have hatched in Louisiana. Sara Zimorski, LDWF biologist who is leading the project to re-establish the whooping cranes in our state says this is an historic hatching as the success of the birds depends on whether or not they can reproduce in the wild. "We've have birds that have nested and produced eggs, but no chicks have hatched before now. So to now have chicks hatch, we're continuing to head in the right direction."

Both of the eggs that hatched were in Jefferson parish, and that there are two more nests by white lake they are monitoring. "There's a possibility we could find other nests...and then we're still watching other young pairs who could nest this spring for the first time." Zimorski said, noting that the whooping crane chicks are extremely vulnerable until the age of three months when they can fly, and these two newborns have a long way to go.