hatching at ICF, this chick was nicknamed "Anvil" by
caretakers, but her real and only official name is DAR 44-07.
She was always a very aggressive chick but she was somewhere
in the middle of the pecking order of the DAR group of ten chicks.
was released on Necedah NWR the evening of Oct. 30 together with
DAR 40-07, 42-07, and 37-07. She then flew off to land in scrub
oak trees where there was no water for safe roosting, so she
was retrieved and re-released with the roosting DAR cranes nearby.
She stayed with them.
chicks #44-07, 43-07, #39-07,
and 42-07 roosted
with adult #102 on the night of Nov. 5. That's a good sign
that maybe they'll follow the adult south!
29 in Illinois. Click to enlarge.
Richard Urbanek ICF Tracking Team
First Migration South: Nov.
6, 2007: The group of 6 DAR chicks joined
#309 and 403 and sandhill cranes at another spot on Necedah
NWR. Several other adult Whooping Cranes and
about 200 sandhill cranes were also nearby. And then the 6 young DAR birds did
a surprising thing: they began migration, all by themselves and with no adult
whooper or sandhill crane to lead the way! The chicks took off in 20 mph NNW
winds under partly cloudy skies. They flew south 214 miles and landed to roost
in a small pond in a harvested cornfield in Peoria County, Illinois. They
resumed migration Dec. 5 after their roost pond became frozen. With tailwinds,
they flew 167 miles and landed to roost in Clinton County, Illinois. (See
December 11, 2007, the six off-course cranes were captured
and moved to Tennessee by the
ICF tracking team so they could more easily find adult cranes
to follow south. DAR 44, 42, and 37 remain in the area
around Meigs County, Tennessee.
2008 and First Unassisted Migration North: Began
migration March 16 from her wintering grounds in Meigs Co,
Tennessee along with DAR 37-07, 39-07, 42-07, 43-07, and 46-07.
The group stayed in or near Tuscola County, Michigan
until June, when trackers were able to successfully capture
and bring back all but #44-07. She moved to Arenac County
on June 17, a week after the other 3 birds
group were captured and relocated to the Necedah National
Crane 44-07 was
near Mackinaw State Forest at least
through the last PTT reading on September 23.
PTT reading indicated a roost location in Paulding County, Ohio
on Nov. 18. She was not seen when the area was checked
frorm the ground on Nov. 21. A report of a Whooping crane with
65 sandhills in Wayne County, Indiana, November 29, 2008 was probably
#44-07. No subsequent reports.
Spring 2009: No reports in 2009. She usually
summers in Michigan and has a lower than average probability of
Fall 2009: No
reports in 2009. She usually summers in Michigan and has a lower
than average probability of detection.
Spring 2010: No reports. By summer
2010 she was presumed dead and removed from the total count
of the Eastern flock.
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