been a busy week for me (Sara) in Wisconsin and for Richard, Anna
and Eva, the trackers on the road. At least 40
birds are back.
counting #735, who came on an airplane, #709 was the first
ultralight-led (UL) crane to reach home! He arrived Friday, April
he overflew the refuge! His signal was lost as he landed to
roost, and he hasn’t been located since. For some reason,
many of the returning juveniles will
refuge and wander before returning to the refuge. Others will
land and spend one or two nights on the refuge but then leave
and wander before coming back and settling down for the summer.
Crane#709 is sure to
turn up soon. Other exciting news:
is listening for #733's arrival next! He was
day away (alone) when his signal was lost April 8 near
and Anna report that #716, 717, 721, 724 and 726 remain in
#707, 710 and 722 continued their migration on April 8 to Indiana,
and likely continued northward on April 10.
#706, 712 and 713 left their Alabama stopover April 9. Eve
hope to pick up their signals.
alone, #727 migrated two days this week. She is in Tennessee, and
Anna now tracks her. Male #703 is a solo traveler, too, and
Eva is tracking him.
In other news, a lot has been happening at Necedah! Read
great news about W601, the flock's first and only wild-hatched
chick, now almost 2 years old and with male #310.
The excitement is sure
Sara Zimorski, Aviculturalist
Eva Szyszkoski, Tracking Intern
Anna Fasoli, Tracking Crew Chief