April 29, 1970 - 3rd modern record
(2); Over Independence, Jackson Co.; Kelly Hobbs, C. Huffman; R & E, Rising et al. 1978; Circumstances of the observation leave little question. Unbeknownst to each other, the observers independently saw the birds within a few moments and miles of each other and immediately reported them.

Oct. 13-15, 1958 - 1st modern record
(1); Photographed; Bigelow Marsh, Holt Co.; m. obs.; R & E, BB 26[1]:1-2.

Oct. 27, 2010 - 5th modern record
(At least 4, possibly as many as 8); near Rich Hill, Bates Co.; Stuart Miller (documentation), Scott Ellis; 24th Annual MBRC Report, 2010-78. "A cold front that brought record-strong winds to much of the upper Midwest" was likely responsible for pushing these Whooping Cranes east of their usual route (Walter Wehtje, Iowa and Missouri Report, North American Birds, Vol. 65, No. 1).

Oct. 31, 1996 - 4th modern record and 1st since 1970
(Adult); Photographed; Aldrich area of Stockton Lake; Polk Co.; Kay Johnson; 10th Annual MBRC Report, 1996-58.

Nov. 15, 2014 - 7th modern record
(Adult and immature); Stockton Lake, Polk Co.; David Blevins; 27th Annual MBRC Report, 2014-66.

Nov. 21, 2011 - 6th modern record
(Adult and juvenile); Photographed; near Neosho, Newton Co.; Jeff Cantrell (documentation), Becky Wylie (photographs), Casey Carr, Phyllis Chancellor, Randy Haas, Kevin Badgley; 25th Annual MBRC Report, 2011-85. The lack of color bands showed that these were birds from the wild population, not the experimental population established in Wisconsin.

Photographed here, 21 November 2011, by Becky Wylie

Nov. 30 - Dec. 15, 1958 - 2nd modern record
(1); Mingo NWR, Bollinger and Stoddard Co.'s; m. obs.; R & E.

R & E (1992): There were a number of observations prior to 1900 (Widmann 1907; Harris 1919b). Harris (1919b) mentions three records for the early 1900s, the last of which is a bird observed by C. Dankers on March 27, 1913 in Holt Co.