Personality and History
has two siblings in the Class of 2007. They are #714 and #726, both
the first weeks, #710 was the tank that plowed through everything!
In a pool, his swimming was compared to a jitterbug lure. On May
16 the trainers introduced 709 and 710 for the first time. There
a lot of bill pecking, with 709 finally coming out on top after
their 20-minute walk. He
came to Wisconsin for flight school on June 19 in
cohort one, the 8 oldest chicks. But
soon he developed a fear of the great
outdoors. The sound of the aircraft engine excites him and he charges
out like the rest of the birds, but then he stops short and doesn't
want to leave the pen area or get near the airplane. This behavior
affects the other chicks, so the pilots put
the scared bird
pen and he misses his training time with the other birds. However,
the pilots come back and give him lots of mealworms to coax him out
for a training session by himself. Rather than start the
engine and add to his dismay, they pulled the aircraft along as a
guide. After some days of that, #710 eventually calmed down. One
happy day #710 was first out of the pen and eager to follow with
the rest of
flock — but soon he "forgot" and wandered
into the marsh with 712. It took 20 minutes
of coaxing to get them back.
First Migration South: Chick #710 left Wisconsin for his first migration on October 13th, 2007. He flew the whole first leg of the journey and landed safely at Stopover #1! Find day-by-day news about the flock's migration and read more about #710 below.
2008, First Journey North: Began
migration from Florida March
25 in a group of six flockmates.
That night they landed in
Georgia, and soon #710 and
off from the others (#703,
707, 709, 714) to land
a few miles away. The
two resumed migration
on March 26 to Bledsoe
County, TN, and were joined
there on March 28 by #707.
The three migrated to Morgan
County, Indiana on April
8. On April 9 they
and by April 10 they arrived in Jasper County,
Indiana. On April 12, PTT data indicated they
were in Lake County, Illinois. On April 13 they
moved to McHenry County, Illinois, 30 miles west
of their previous roost. They remained there
through April 19. The group resumed
migration on April 20 or 21. On April
21 they passed east of Necedah
NWR and roosted that night in Waupaca
Fall 2008: Migrated and wintered in Hernando County, Florida with cranes #709, 717, 722, and 726.
Spring 2009: Trackers think that #710 left Florida on March 18 with #722, who was in Randolph County, AL by the night of March 19 and Champaign County, Illinois on the night of March 22. The signal of #722 (and presumably #710 with her) was detected on Necedah NWR in Wisconsin on March 23 and both birds were confirmed on the refuge March 24.
June 3, 2009: Crane #710 was captured and removed from the new Eastern flock to go live at the Lowry Park Zoo in Florida. He was removed because he has been visiting the ethanol plant in the town of Necedah and had gotten completely tamed to people and vehicles. The tracking team also grew worried that #710 was attracting other birds to the area, all of them eager to eat the piles of spilled corn. This unfortunate situation was ultimately caused by the woman who fed him corn in Florida last winter when he was hanging out in her backyard. The homeowner ignored the Team's please to NOT feed or try to attract Whooping cranes. For the safety of the cranes, they all must remain wild and avoid all humans and human activities; this is why it is urgent to leave the cranes alone and never tempt them with food. Now #710 will be introduced to Whoopee, Lowry Park Zoo's lone female Whooping crane. The staff members are sure that 710 will be a celebrity, helping to spread a conservation message and a warning of the dangers of tameness. He may not be able to fly but he will be well loved, live longer, eat better, enjoy good health and spend the rest of his days with his new mate. Maybe you will visit him someday! We hope you will remember the extreme measures it took to get 710 into the wild and also the two round-trip migrations he made to Florida and back on his own. As Joe Duff said, "It seems a shame that he will never fly again. But maybe his fate will reinforce our message that kindness kills wildness and Whooping cranes need a place of their own."
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