Personality and History (Scroll to bottom for current news)
Personality Characteristics: With "a bit more spunk," she causes trouble on her own at times. Quite bonded to the costumes and often picks on the crane handlers wearing them. Cautious and slow to come out of the pen for training and flying.
Fall 2002: Successfully completed ultralight-led migration with her Class of 2002.
2003: Left Chassahowitzka NWR on first journey
north April 1, 2003 with 14 other whoopers and
returned successfully to Wisconsin April 13. Spent
the 2003 summer about 15 miles from Necedah NWR
with flock mates 217, 211, 212, 213 and 216.
2005: The pair #101 and #202 left their
FL winter location on either March 12 or 13. Confirmed
at Necedah NWR in WI by March 29. They established
a territory on the refuge.They remained on their
territory except on April 15, when they spent
much of the
day away. On April 16 crane #202 was sitting
as if incubating in the marsh southeast of the
pen at Site 4 on the refuge. On April 17 the
two birds left and spent the day south
A check of the nest site indicated that one egg
had been laid, but it had apparently been destroyed
during the previous night (quite common in first-time
breeders). The pair came back again to the refuge
on April 21. No more nesting, no chicks.
Fall 2007: No sign or news of #202.
2008: The WCEP team officially removed #202
from the total in the population of the new
Eastern flock. Her body has never been found,
but she is assumed to be dead.
Last updated: 2/28/08
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