Personality and History
Migration Training: He was hatched at ICF from an egg laid at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland. The biologists who raised him there called him Waldo. He transferred to the Necedah NWR at 1 month of age. Marianne Wellington is a chick-rearing specialist who wore a costume and raised the 4 DAR chicks there. They fledged (had all their flight feathers and could fly) when they were around 70 days old. Unlike their cousins for the ultralight-led migration, the DAR chicks roamed freely on the refuge. Marianne and other costumed parents checked on them many times each day. At night until they're released the chicks are safe in a big pen with a pond and a net over the top. Weight: 6.4 kg on Oct. 22. He has been hanging out with other whooping cranes, sandhill cranes and DAR chicks on the refuge and nearby areas.
January 31, 2006: DAR Chick #32-05 is found! Tracker Lara Fondow and a helper found him on a ranch in Osceola County, Florida. On Feb.1 he was observed with small numbers of nonmigratory sandhill cranes in a wetland on the ranch.
Fall 2006: 32-05 (DAR) left Wisconsin on Nov. 19 with #216 and #516. They made it that night to SE Indiana. Last detected in flight in Dixie County, FL Nov. 22 and not seen again until February 9, 2007. Crane 32-05 (DAR) was located in Florida during an aerial search. He was in a flock of about 25 apparently nonmigratory Sandhills cranes in a cattle feedlot and near to human activity. A local resident said he'd been there for about a month. (It would be safer for him if he would avoid humans.)
back on Necedah NWR in Wisconsin on March 23. On July 31, his body
was discovered on the edge of a dried-up pond. He likely was killed
by a predator sometime in the first two weeks of July.
Last updated: 8/01/07
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