Personality and History
The DAR chicks had their health checks on October 4. In addition, #26-06 got a temporary radio transmitter/band placed on his leg in case he flies from his pen site and trackers don't know his whereabouts.
Oct. 17, 2006: Dr. Richard Urbanek said the DAR birds received their permanent leg bands. Chick #26-06 and the other four will be released as soon as they get usedd to their new leg bands and transmitters. Their freedom is near! Will they hang out with, and then follow, the older whooping and sandhill cranes to learn their migration route?
October 21: Chick #26-06 (with #28-06) was set free on the Wisconsin refuge where it spent its first months of life. The two newly released chicks quickly returned to the pool in their rearing area, and remained there to roost. The next day they visited with the First Family, also at home on the refuge (until fall migration).
DAR chicks 26-06 and 28-06 were with wintering sandhill cranes in Pasco County, FL at the end of December. On Jan. 12 they flew to the Chass pen site for a quick visit before flying off to a Lake in Hernando County.
2007: Began migration (with #28-06) from Pasco
County, FL on March 24.
Sad news came 12 days later. DAR #26-06 was found dead at the edge of a lake in Daviess County, Indiana, on April 13. He apparently died from a neck wound inflicted by a predator. He had last been observed alive at the same site on the previous afternoon. The carcass was sent to the National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin, for necropsy.
Last updated: 4/17/07
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