Personality and History (Scroll to bottom for current news)
Personality: At Patuxent WRC, was very private and independent and watchful. Avoided the rest of the flock, an "odd bird" from the start. Later, became a great flyer and very good at following the plane. Resists changes and is a bit of a rebel. She sometimes dropped out and turned back during training flights. High on the dominance scale. Here's proof: When yearling Cranes #101 and #102 showed up on the Necedah training site, she actually joined with the "costumes" to chase the intruder cranes away! High on the dominance scale.
Fall 2002: On day 1 of the migration, she dropped out and returned unaided to the pen site at Necedah. Also dropped out on the 3rd leg, but successfully completed migration with her Class of 2002. During the first winter in Florida, she developed an attitude. Crane monitor Sara Zimorski reported, "She displaces many of the younger females (especially #217 and #218), usually from the feeders, and sometimes from what seems to be a random area. She'll also stand her ground longer when larger and more dominant birds challenge or attempt to displace her. Chick #203 was a very independent chick from the start, which made training her very challenging. With a lot of hard work, she came around and turned into a great bird. However, somewhere in the process of integrating all 17 birds prior to migration, she became more submissive and cautious within the large group. She later got back some of her confidence and independence. She was not letting herself be pushed around as much anymore, and was instead pushing around some of the younger and less dominant chicks."
2003: Left Florida in the group
of 15 (included one 2001 bird) and arrived
April 13. Wandered in her first summer. She and
other females #207 and #215 stayed in South Dakota—too
close to the Aransas/Wood Buffalo Whooping Crane
path and outside the NEP area—so they were
and returned to Necedah August 17-18. She flew briefly
with the ultralight and new chicks one day after
her return! She stayed around the Necedah Refuge
with #215 on August 29, and both flew to northeastern
Last updated: 12/31/07
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