will start with the good news. A
or more cranes arrived in Wisconsin the past week. We have 8 nests! (See chart.)
flight we found three more pairs on nests. All
except for one (#212 and 419) are on the refuge. That leaves just four pairs
that aren't on
nests yet. Pairs
213 & 218 and 311 & 312 both nested last year. Pair #105 & 501
nest last year. In fact, #105 has never nested as far as we know, even though
he's often been paired (previously with #204) during
breeding season. Pair #310 & W601 built a nest last
year, but she was too young to lay eggs.
other good news,
all the 2008 chicks have left Florida. The last three to leave Chass are
in Georgia, while three of the other Chass chicks are in Illinois. The
chicks who wintered
at St. Marks, except for #813 and #826, are together in Illinois. Female #813
is in Iowa. (She apparently split off from the rest of the St. Marks birds
somewhere along the way.)
am sorry to tell you some sad news. Crane #826 was
found April 6 with a severely broken leg. He may have collided with a nearby
power line. He was taken
to the University of Illinois
was examined and treated. The doctors decided to try surgery, but
#826 died before they operated. On April 3, DAR
32-08, who had already completed her first migration to Wisconsin, was found dead.
We believe she, too, hit a nearby power line. The flock size now is
84 members, and we hope for chicks to hatch from the nests we are finding
week there will be more news, and we hope it will all be good news.
International Crane Foundation (ICF)
aviculturalist Sara Zimorski sends this week's news.
Male #216 led the way on fall migration for 4 DAR chicks'
first migration, and returned with them this spring.