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Eastern Flock Chicks: Hatch Year 2008
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Group 1

Learn to migrate
by following ultralight airplanes

Group 1 chicks are captive-born.

Whooping CranesCrane #803
(died 4/29/09)

Whooping CranesCrane #804

Whooping CranesCrane #805
(presumed dead 2011)

Whooping Cranes
Crane #812
(presumed dead 2011)

Whooping Cranes
Crane #813
(presumed dead 2013)

Whooping CranesCrane #814

Whooping CranesCrane #818
(died April 2010)

Whooping CranesCrane #819
(died Sep. 2009)

Whooping Cranes
Crane #824

Whooping Cranes
Crane #826
(died April 8, 2009)

Whooping CranesCrane #827(died Jan., 2012)

Whooping CranesCrane #828

Whooping CranesCrane #829

Whooping Cranes
Crane #830
(died Feb., 2012)

 

 

 

Removed before migration: 811 and
Crane 810 (became DAR
#10-08

Above Photos: Bev Paulan, Operation Migration and Brian Clauss, Patuxent WRC
Group 2

Learn to migrate by following older cranes in the flock

Group 2 chicks are also captive-born. They are released and follow older cranes south in a program called
Direct Autumn Release (DAR)
.

Whooping Cranes

Crane #31-08
(died July 2011)

Whooping Cranes

Crane #32-08
(died April 2009)

Whooping Cranes

Crane #36-08
(presumed dead 2011)

Whooping Cranes

Crane #37-08
(died April 2009)

Whooping Cranes

Crane #38-08

Died after release but before migration:

Crane #35-08

 

 

Photos John Cullum, ICF

Moved from Ultralight Class to Direct Autumn Release

Whooping Cranes

Crane #10-08
(Presumed dead May 2009)

 

 
Group 3

Learn to migrate by following their parents

Group 3 chicks are wild-born. Their parents raise them and teach them to migrate. This is the natural way cranes learn to migrate. One day, the flock will be large enough for wild-born parents to take over. Then human-assisted migration will no longer be needed. Scientists hope to reach their goal of 25 breeding pairs from 125 birds in Wisconsin by 2020.

  Despite 11 nests, no wild-born chicks hatched in summer 2008.   
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