Personality and History
The youngest DAR chick, female #32-06 had some crooked toes when she came to Necedah. "She still has one toe we couldn’t correct," says Marianne. "She seemed to grow very quickly and is a slender female. This chick was exercised with #30 and #31 and we called them the trio. She often will rest beside a willow tree or the chick pens or in the night pen, where she hangs out by the post. I think this is mainly for shade, but it also it gives her cover to hide from the older ones who picked on her—especially #29. By the end of August, #32-06 was running and flapping her wings, but she was still a week away from flying. Somehow, she has the ability to get her flock mates to fly even though she's not top in the pecking order.
"Now that the chicks are all flying and are able to more easily get away from predators, we try to leave them in the marsh to forage on their own. This also helps them become more independent. Chick 32 has figured out that we are going to leave and she keeps a really close eye on us!"
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 #32-06 and the other four will be released as soon as they get used to their new leg bands and transmitters. Their freedom is near! Will they hang out with, and later follow, the older whooping and sandhill cranes to learn their migration route?
October 20: Chick #27-06 (with #32-06) was set free on the Wisconsin refuge where she spent her first months of life. The two newly released chicks didn't return to the pool where they grew up, and remained at the release site to roost. They were hanging out with the older whooping cranes (#311 and #301) who are also at that site. That's a good sign!
began fall migration on Nov. 30 with #27-06 and adults
#316 and #312. An ICF tracking intern
tracked the four cranes to Illinois
were one of the last groups to leave Necedah NWR. If they
stay together, the DAR chickswill have two migration
veterans to show them
way! The photo shows them in Kankakee County, Illinois,
on Dec. 2, 2006.
32-06 apparently died after being seen Jan. 18 and before
she was next
by trackers on Jan. 22. They found her
Feb. 6. Bobcat predation is suspected. (DAR
currently remains alone at the same site.)
Last updated: 2/09/07
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