Migration Day 34
Photo W. Kryduba
Weather Makes Headlines
Tornadoes blew through areas near the stopover site yesterday. Thankfully,
none came near our birds, but sadly many people in Indiana lost their
homes. the storm system that brought tornadoes is now far to
the east, but the wind is still blowing hard at Muscatatuck National
Refuge. With sleet mixed in, the team is going nowhere for yet another
whoopers are moving back in Wisconsin this week, either. The four
direct autumn release (DAR) juveniles are hanging out together
on the refuge.
week they mostly acted
whooping cranes. The tracking team has replaced some transmitters
on older birds as they wait for them to start migration.
All birds in
the eastern flock now carry functional VHF transmitters except for #107 (at
Wisconsin's Horicon NWR). Trackers do not know the status of the
transmitter on #309, the
strayed whooping crane last seen in New York.
Two Yearling Girls Reach Florida!
of the one-year-old whoopers left Wisconsin Nov. 9. Males
#402, 403, 412, 416, and 417 were
roosting at a spot in Tennessee on Nov.
10. And the BIG news: Females #419 and #420, who veered a little
to the east on their way
south, reached Madison County, Florida
yesterday. They're almost home for the winter!
from the Natural Wild Flock, Migrating from Canada to Texas
55% of the flock had reached Texas by Nov. 9. Remember
the female bird banded in 1977
while on migration? (She was the
oldest color-banded crane on record.) She left her mate
and a new chick when she died at the remarkable age of 28. Her mate
has already found a new partner
Aransas. The Aransas-Wood Buffalo flock also has a 27-year-old male
bird who may soon
break the record for the oldest known Whooping crane in the wild.