nicknamed this bird "Ratchet" after he was hatched at ICF, but
his official and only real name is #36-07. He visited the doctor
his chickhood. He had a condition in which his eye and head got
a cut on his neck. He was the dominant chick in the group
until 37-07 took over!
was released with DAR #41-07, #45-07, and #46-07 by a pool at
Necedah NWR at dusk on October 29. They flew to the nearby main
sandhill crane roost, which was also occupied by adult whooping
crane pair #312 and #316.
First Migration South: DAR 36-07
began migration on October 31 along with DAR #41-07 and DAR #46-07! The following
morning, he and and 46-07 continued migration with 46-07. Trackers lost
their signals south of Mauston, WI. On November 1, he and DAR 46-07 continued
southward to western Indiana. They made further progress in Indiana on November
2. On Nov. 3 they were tracked to Grayson County, Kentucky — but then they
separated. On November 4, 36-07's body was discovered by trackers under a power
line. He had died in a collision with the powerline—one
of the biggest
dangers to migrating cranes.
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