Class of 2009
birds from the Classes of 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 have completed migration,
and just a few cranes from the other years are still on their way.
Four crossed the finish line this week. What about the Class of 2009?
Crane-kids #906 and #912,
who departed St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge on April 14,
arrived in Wisconsin April 21—and
then left for Iowa! Eva Szyszkoski, ICF Tracking Field Manager,
picked up the signals from the cranes' radio transmitters as
were flying over the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in the
afternoon. Matt, ICF Tracking Intern, then followed
for another five hours. The birds crossed out of Wisconsin and
into Iowa, where they landed to roost in a wetland in Allamakee
spring wanderings are typical of birds this age, but it's great
to know they flew over their "home."
you think female 907 will
be home? We're also still waiting for Direct Autumn Release (DAR)
birds 34-09, 35-09, 36-09 and 41-09. C'mon,
After last week's disappointing news of all nests failing, Sara
reports: "No signs of renesting yet.
Male #402 was
a nest on his territory recently but apparently his mate 46-07 DAR wasn't helping — just
"A number of the breeding pairs moved off the refuge after they abandoned
their nests. This is the same thing we've seen in past years
(we think maybe they're really trying to escape the black flies) and are still
spending time off the refuge. If or when they come back to the
refuge we'll hope for some renesting then." Keep your fingers
Photos Matt Strausser, ICF
and #912 return to
leave and roost in Iowa!