Photo: Operation Migration
Meet the New 2003 Whooping Crane Chicks!
Hatch-year 2003 of the Eastern Flock

Crane # 305

Date Hatched




Date Arrived in Wisconsin


Permanent Leg Bands
W/R/G (left)
G/R  (right) 
  • Read about the naming system, birth place in Maryland, release site in Wisconsin, over-wintering site in Florida and leg-band codes.

Personality and History

Personality Characteristics: Probably the best flyer in the group but stand-offish to handlers. Very watchful and alert. In the beginning, stood away from the plane, but still paid very close attention to the trainers and plane.
First Migration South: Flew every mile!
History: Spring 2004: Began first migration north at 9:33 a.m. March 30, 2004 in a group of eight 2003 flock mates (301, 303, 305, 309, 312, 316, 318, 319). On April 9 the group separated south of Celina, Ohio. The group of five (301, 305, 309, 318, and 319) was stymied by being on an unfamiliar side of Lake Michigan. (Again see Crane #301 for updates on this group, which stayed in Michigan.)
Fall 2004: Began migration from Mason County, Michigan on Nov. 7 with #301, 309 and 318. Killed by a predator, probably a bobcat, while roosting with 301, 309, and 318 on a mudflat on the Cape Romain NWR in Charleston County, SC on the nights of Nov. 12/13, 2004.

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Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).