Photo: Operation Migration
Meet the New 2004 Whooping Crane Chicks!
Hatch-year 2004 of the Eastern Flock

Crane # 406

Date Hatched

May 4 , 2004



Date Arrived in Wisconsin

June 16, 2004

Permanent Leg Bands Died before the birds got permanent bands.
  • 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

Migration Training: Introduced to the trike at 8 days. Received 7 hrs & 18 min. of aircraft conditioning while at Patuxent WRC. Was the only female among her cohort of oldest chicks. Vigilant, wary, alert and a bit aloof. Example: She was reluctant to walk through tall grass into a new area, and stayed alert long after the other chicks settled down and started playing in the marsh. Likes the costume, but is too submissive to take treats offered with the puppet. Prefers the treats to be dropped on the ground instead.

First Migration South
:One of the seven who flew on day 1. One of few females and one of the best birds! She fell ill on Day 62. She got medical help, but died on Day 63, one day before the migration ended. Cause was Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus. This disease is spread to birds by infected mosquitoes.

Last updated: 07/27/05

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