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Migration Training: She was hatched at ICF and called "Maya." She was 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: 6.5 kg on Oct. 22.
Chick #33-05 (along with #27-05) was released for good on the refuge near adult whooping cranes on Oct. 25, 2005, near wild adult whooping crane #205. She has been hanging out with other whooping cranes, sandhills, and DAR chicks on the refuge and nearby areas.
She was still in Barry County, Michigan in early June. The crane team tried to capture her for return to Wisconsin. The attempt was unsuccessful because there were so many sandshill cranes present that it was hard to get to her, and she was still in Michigan at the end of August. The good news is that she is not alone, but among many sandhill cranes.
Fall 2006: Began migration Nov. 19 and made it to Hiwassee NWR in Meigs County, Tennessee, by November 20. Still there, with #27-05 and thousands of sandhill cranes, as of Jan. 20. She was reported as limping with an injured left leg.
Spring 2007: Began migration from Meigs County, TN on an unknown date and arrived Jackson County, IN by Mar. 1. She stayed there with Sandhill cranes until March 21. She resumed migration and moved to Indiana (PTT reading). On March 26 she was in Oceana County, Michigan, where she remained. On May 25 her PTT batteries stopped working, so she will be hard to track. She was observed June 11 in Van Buren County, MI, but was not found when the area was last checked August 9.
Fall 2007: Remained with large numbers of staging Sandhill cranes in Michigan. Left Michigan on migration after November 19. Found on Hiwassee WR in Tennessee on December 1. She was still there at the end of December.
DAR 33-05 was reported with migrating sandhills in Jackson County,
Indiana, until she resumed migration
March 16 or 17. She
was next reported with Sandhill cranes in Mason
County, Michigan on April 11, 2008. (The eastern
shore of Lake Michigan in Oceana and Mason Counties is the area where
spring-moving Whooping cranes most frequently stop after they encounter
Lake Michigan and do not cross.) On September 22 and 25 she
was reported with one sandhill crane in Van Buren County, MI.
Spring 2009: DAR 33-05 was reported with sandhill cranes in Hardin County, Kentucky, on February 22 through at least March 1. A Whooping crane reported in Van Buren County, Michigan, on August 18 and again Oct. 27 was probably her.
Fall 2009: A Whooping crane, probably DAR 33-05, was reported in Cass County, Michigan, at mid-November. She was found with sandhills in Jackson County, Indiana, on December 14. Her transmitter was confirmed nonfunctional but she was confirmed in her usual wintering area on Hiwassee WR and Armstrong Bend, in Meigs County, Tennessee.
Spring 2010: DAR 33-05 was reported with migrating sandhills in Barren County, Kentucky on February 6. She was reported with migrating sandhills in Jackson County, Indiana, on February 25. She remained there through at least March 6. She has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked.
Fall 2010: See Spring 2010, above.
Spring 2011: See Spring 2010, above.
Fall 2011: Female #33-05 (DAR), who was last reported with migrating sandhill cranes in Jackson County, Indiana on February 25 through March 6, 2010, is now considered dead and has been removed from the population total of the Eastern Flock.
Last updated: 12/27/11
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