She was released on Necedah NWR with #38-08 on October 18th. The day after their release, these two plus DAR chicks #37-08 and #38-08 returned to the site where they were all raised. Soon they left DAR #37-08 and flew to the northern end of the refuge and joined up with DAR 31-08 and 32-08. But #37-08 was a loner in her younger days, and she stayed on the southern half of the refuge after the other DAR chicks left.
She has been seen in the company of older Whooping cranes every day. She seems to be hanging around them all the time, and often roosts where there are multiple Whooping cranes. One day she followed #27-06 and #28-06 (both DAR cranes from 2006) and #412 as they flew from one pool across the road to a small wetland. DAR #37-08 has also followed various adult Whooping cranes to cornfields south of the refuge. Sometimes she is part of a group of 10 or more other Whooping cranes and hundreds of sandhills. This behavior looks very promising: Will she continue to follow the more experienced cranes and migrate south with some of them? That's the hope!
Fall 2008 — First Journey South as a Direct-Autumn-Released Crane: Left Wisconsin on Nov. 20 in a large group of the flock's adult Whooping cranes and another first-timer, #810 (the chick pulled out of the ultralight cohort). Not all of them stayed together, but on Nov. 24, young #810 and #37-08 (in a group of six others) had reached the border of southern Illinois and southern Indiana.
37-08 was confirmed at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Alachua
Florida, on January 1, 2009! She was with first-timer #10-08
and older whoopers #511, 512, 716, and 724. Thousands of sandhill cranes
are there too. They completed migration sometime
28 - 31.
Spring 2009: DAR 37-08 remained at her wintering location at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Florida with a pair of non-migratory whoopers at least through April 7. Her last remaining wintering buddy, #512, had begun migration from this location by March 25. Sad news came from Florida on April 17: The partial remains of DAR#37-08 were discovered by Tim Dellinger, Florida FWCC, during an aerial survey of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park on April 15. She had last been seen alive during a similar survey on April 7. Her PTT was recovered on 16 April16 after being tracked to an alligator 165 miles east of where the rest of her carcass was found.
Last updated: 4/17/09
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