Personality and History
Migration Training: Introduced to the trike at 8-days of age. Received 8 hrs & 10 min. of aircraft conditioning at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC). Good follower. Wants to be in charge. Clobbered the younger #407 when the younger chick bit him on the neck.
Fall 2005: Left Wisconsin on its first unaided fall migration on November 9, together with #403, 412, 416, and 417. They made it to Indiana the first day. On November 10 they were roosting at a central Tennessee location. According to tracker Lara Fondow, the five males landed at their former pen site in Florida at 2:05 November 17. They are the first Eastern flock whoopers to complete migration to the primary wintering area in west-central Florida this fall! With no free food at the pen, they wandered north the next day.
Spring 2006: Began migration on March 27 or 28 in a group with 403, 412, 416 and 417. They were reported in Dane County, WI on March 31. They moved up to Necedah NWR to complete their migration on April 6!
Fall 2006: Departed Wisconsin on Nov. 19 (with #310, #403 and #412) and made it that night to NE Illinois. They successfully migrated to Florida, where #402 was in Lafayette County with #403 and #412.
Spring 2007: Began migration March 18 (with #403 and #412). Confirmed roosting with #403 on Necedah NWR, on the night of March 26.
Fall 2007: #402 began migration from Wisconsin on November 21 along with 307, 412, 511, 514, and W601 (the flock's only wild-hatched chick so far). He was found with #412 and wintering sandhill cranes in Lake County, Florida, on December 19.
Spring 2008: Began spring migration on March 17 with #412. Confirmed back on Necedah NWR by March 30.
Fall 2008: Crane #402 left Wisconsin November 20 with #105 and #501. (They had departed Hiwassee WR, Tennessee, after December 19.) In Florida, he stayed with #105 and #501 in Hernando County until January 3, when he moved to his previous wintering location in Lake County. On January 24, a day after the Class of 2008 chicks arrived at the Chass pen, he showed up there too. He was still there the next day. ICF's Sara Zimorski said, "Maybe he was lonely and looking for #105 and #501 again. He doesn't seem like he'll cause problems, but we'll keep an eye on him. If he stays we'll see how he does with the chicks once they're released after health checks."
Spring 2008: Began migration from Lake County, Florida on March 17. Back in Wisconsin on Necedah NWR, he was with female DAR 46-07 after she split from #412 after migration. Male #402 and DAR 46-07 were a pair all summer and stayed in the core area.
Fall 2009: Pair #402 and DAR46-07 were still on the Wisconsin refuge as of Nov. 15. They did migrate and wintered in Lake County, Florida.
Spring 2010: Began migration from Florida on March 19 with female 46-07 (DAR). They were reported near Concord, Pike County, Georgia, on 19 March. They were back on Necedah NWR by March 28. Then came GREAT news: #402 and his mate were observed sitting on a nest near one of the ultralight training sites on the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge on April 30th. But the pair continued to incubate the egg for another eight days after it was due to hatch. The egg was collected and analyzed at ICF, where they found that the egg was infertile. (Fingers crosssed that next spring they'll become parents.)
Fall 2010: Migrating male #402 (now to be known as #2-04) and mate #46-07 (DAR) were found with pair #213 and #218 (now #13-02 and #18-02) in Will County, Illinois, on the afternoon of November 26. They remained in the area at least through December 2. They completed migration to their wintering territory in Lake County, Florida, where they were found during an aerial survey on December 13.
Spring 2011: Began migration on March 8 with female 46-07 (DAR). They were back at Necedah NWR by March 21. The pair began incubating on April 19 and on May 16 little W4-11 hatched! By June 10 their chick was the Eastern flock's only surviving wild-hatched chick for the summer 2011 nesting season. But good luck ran out and the chick was found dead July 1.
Fall 2011: Began migration Nov. 27. Usually winters in Lake County, Florida, with his mate #46-07 (DAR), but they didn't make it that far south this year. They were reported in Hopkins County, Kentucky at the end of January and remained in the area through at least February 13.
Spring 2012: Male #2-04 (formerly #402) with mate #46-07 (DAR) completed spring migration back to Necedah NWR in Wisconsin by March 12. They were found incubating on an April 26 nesting survey flight by trackers. They were off the nest when trackers saw them on the May 21 survey flight, and appeared to be tending a chick (W7-12). The chick survived several weeks but was no longer alive by the July 6 report from tracker Eva. On August 28, male #2-04's mate (#46-07 DAR) was discovered dead on Necedah NWR.
Fall 2012: He was captured Oct. 24 and his transmitter replaced before fall migration. His original band colors remain the same.
Spring 2013: Crane#2-04 (formerly #402), with new mate e #8-09 (formerly 9-08), was reported back on Wisconsin's Necedah NWR on March 24, but likely had come in on March 23 with cranes #1-10 and W1-10. The new pair was soon nesting, but the nest failed in early May and they did not produce chicks this summer.
Fall 2013: This fall, crane#2-04 (formerly #402) mate #8-09 (formerly 908), seem to have successfully adopted a young whooper chick (24-13) that was raised by adult whoopers this summer at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland and released in September at Wisconsin's Necedah NWR in hopes the chick would join a willing adult pair. Will this new "family" migrate south together? Everyone hopes so! This is a new program, called Parent Rearing (PR), to grow the eastern flock of endangered Whooping cranes. The group moved to Sauk County, Wisconsin, on October 21 and left on migration from that location on November 10. Satellite readings placed them in Jasper County, Illinois, on 11 November 11 and at the adults' previous wintering location in Hopkins County, Kentucky, on November 13. Well done, #4-02 and #8-09! The family was still toether in Hopkins County, Kentucky, until at least March 3. Four other adults are also in the area:
Spring 2014: Crane#2-04 and mate #8-09 arrived back on Wisconsin's Necedah NWR on March 29/30. The pair was discovered to have an active nest on April 15, but sad news came just three days later (April 18) when the intact carcass of his mate #8-09 was found near the nest. A single intact egg was rescued from the nest and transported to the International Crane Foundation in nearby Baraboo, Wisconsin. By end of summer he had re-paired with #25-09.
Fall 2014: Male #2-04 and new mate #25-09 didn't raise a chick this summer but on September 22, parent-reared chick #27-14 was released near the pair in hopes they would foster the chick and lead her on migration this fall. The adults and the chick left Necedah on Oct. 31 and migrated together to Hopkins County, Kentucky. They were joined there by Nov. 21 by #24-09 and 42-09 and two more Whooping Cranes in early December and spent the winter.
Spring 2015: Male #2-04 and mate #25-09 departed Hopkins County, Kentucky around March 24 with their adopted youngster #27-14 and together they completed migration to Necedah NWR in Wisconsin on March 31. The pair nested and were already parents of new twin chicks by May 18. The adults were photographed by Wisconsin DNR pilot Bev Paulan on June 8 with surviving chick W10-15. The chick survived the summer and fledged!
Beverly Paulan, Wisconsin DNR
Fall 2015: The family left Necedah NWR and were reported for the first time on a wintering area in Kentucky on January 14, 2016. No chick was mentioned, and trackers are currently working on verifying the exact location and whether W10-15 is still with the parents.
Spring 2016: Crane pair #2-04 and #25-09 returned to Necedah NWR as of mid-March. Their chick, W10-15, was photographed alone in Vernon County, Wisconsin on March 26, separating from parents before the completion of the northward migration. The pair nested again and their new chick, W19-16, hatched on June 5. It was one of four surviving chicks by July 15, but had perished by July 27.
Last updated: 7/31/16
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