hatch year chicks had gone to Florida with the plane. These chicks
had been left in Wisconsin and they flew with older sandhill cranes
to another place, maybe Tennessee. Now they are following those
same cranes back and might end up in Wisconsin!"
4: Ferrisburgh Central School, Ferrisburgh, VT
The chicks did not know the route; they simply followed wild cranes
that were heading south to a place THEY learned from THEIR
parents. The DAR chicks won't have to follow any cranes back to Wisconsin
because they'll likely go back the way they came. We'll see if they
end up in Wisconsin--like they should!
(#527) and Poe (#528) both followed Sandhills to Hiwassee Wildlife
Refuge in Tennessee and don't
know about Chassahowitzka NWR in Florida, so they spent the winter
at Hiwassee where the Sandhills wintered. Jumblies got a little lost
one point, and had to be driven 28 miles east and released with Sandhills,
but found the rest of the way to Hiwassee. Poe did not need a lift
along the way, but she got very tired." Marcus F.
add: Yes! You paid close attention to the facts
in their life stories! We wish them luck on their migration home.
DAR chicks weren't in Florida, like the other hatch year 2005 chicks,
because these chicks probably followed the sandhill
cranes coming from Ontario, Canada down to Virginia. The DAR chicks
coming from Wisconsin most likely stopped along with the sandhill cranes
at Southern Ohio. The DAR chicks then followed the sandhill cranes
Virginia instead of going on to Florida."
Tripti, Joe, Pranav, Mansimrat: Iselin Middle School/7th grade
add: Yes! They
did indeed leave with sandhill cranes that were at their summer
home in Wisconsin.Those birds could have been Wisconsin residents,
but perhaps they came from Canada or other places. At stopovers, the
DAR chicks were free to join up with any of the hundreds of sandhill
south for the winter.
chicks were probably heading south, met up with the sandhill cranes
and may have thought they were
part of the sandhill cranes also migrating south. These two chicks
might have mistaken the sandhill cranes to be their leaders."
Vishal, Diego, Conor: Iselin Middle School/7th grade
add: Yes! When these two chicks knew it was time
to go, they NEEDED a leader because they had no parents to teach
route on their
Small numbers of whooping cranes often join large numbers of sandhill
cranes during migration. Luckily, they are all headed south.