Personality and History
Chick #28-06 often hangs out with #32-06. Of all the DAR chicks, 28 is the lightest in coloration right now. He still is cinnamon and white but the brown is lighter than it was earlier.
Oct. 4, 2006: The DAR chicks had their pre-release health checks.
Oct. 17, 2006: Dr. Richard Urbanek said the DAR birds received their permanent leg bands. Chick #28-06 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 #28-06 (with #26-06) 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).
2007: Began migration (with #26-06)
from Pasco County, FL on March 24.
Fall 2007: DAR 28-06 (with 27-06) began migration on Nov. 5 and made it all the way to Jasper-Pulaski FWA, Indiana on the first day. By Nov. 12, they arrived on the wintering area in Pasco County, Florida. They were the first Florida arrivals in the flock this winter!
Spring 2008: Dar 28-06 was still on winter territory in Pasco County, Florida on March 22, and arrived on Necedah NWR (with DAR 27-06) on April 3! He wandered a great deal but on May 17 he returned to a Juneau County location where he remained with #27-06.
Fall 2008: DAR #28-06 and DAR 27-06 disappeared from Neceda NWR after October 25. He has a nonfunctional transmitter and cannot be tracked, but an unconfirmed report of two Whooping cranes in Winnebago County, Illinois on Oct. 29 may have been these two. On November 19 the automatic datalogger showed them in the area of their Pasco County, Florida winter home!
Spring 2009: Began migration from Pasco County on March 18 with 27-06 (DAR). They were reported in Porter County, Indiana, on the night of March 22. They completed migration to Necedah NWR by March 28. He associated with female DAR 42-07 on April 2 and 3. Unpaired, he was last detected by trackers on June 23, 2009.
Fall 2009: Still missing.
Summer 2010: After not being seen or detected since June 2009, male #28-06 (DAR) was removed from the population total and presumed dead.
Last updated: 8/9/10
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