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Eastern Flock Chicks: Hatch Year 2009
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Group 1

Learn to migrate
by following ultralight airplanes

Group 1 chicks are captive-born.

Whooping CraneCrane #901
(died Nov 2010)

Whooping CraneCrane #903
(died Mar. 2010)

Whooping Crane
Crane #904

Whooping Crane

Crane #905
(died 12/13)

Whooping Crane

Crane #906

Whooping Crane

Crane #907

Whooping Crane

Crane #908

Whooping Crane

Crane #910

Whooping Crane

Crane #911

Whooping Crane

Crane #912

Whooping Crane

Crane #913
(missing and presumed dead, Feb. 2012)

Whooping Crane

Crane #914

Whooping Crane

Crane #915

Whooping Crane

Crane #918

Whooping Crane

Crane #919

Whooping Crane

Crane #924

Whooping Crane

Crane #925

Whooping Crane

Crane #926

Whooping Crane

Crane #927
(died 2010)

Whooping Crane

Crane #929

 

 

Above Photos: Bev Paulan, Operation Migration
Group 2

Learn to migrate by following older cranes in the flock

Group 2 chicks are also captive-born. In fall the chicks are released in the company of older cranes from whom the young birds learn the migration route in a program called
Direct Autumn Release (DAR)
.

Report courtesy Sara Zimorski, ICF:

On July 21, 2009, 11 Whooping Crane chicks were transferred from ICF to the nearb Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) to make up the 2009 Direct Autumn Release (DAR) cohort. The DAR birds are initially isolation-reared at ICF and then at the Necedah NWR until the fall release. In September or October they are released on or near the refuge with older Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes. They will join up with them and learn the migration route.

Whooping Crane
DAR 32-09 (F)

Whooping Crane
DAR 34-09 (F)

Whooping Crane
DAR 35-09 (F) (died 2014)

Whooping Crane
DAR 36-09 (F)

Whooping Crane
DAR 37-09 (F)
(died 2012)

Whooping Crane
DAR 38-09 (M)

Whooping Crane
DAR
40-09 (F)
(died 2010)

Whooping Crane
DAR 41-09 (M)

Whooping Crane
DAR 42-09 (F)

 

DAR 33-09 was killed by a predator before migration.
DAR 39-09 was moved to a zoo before migration.

Above Photos: Marianne Wellington, International Crane Foundation
Group 3 (W = wild hatched)

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.

For 2009: Zero Chicks survived

(Both wild-born chicks had disappeared by July 15.

Summer 2009 Nesting Results

Whooping Crane
W1-09 (now deceased) and parents on July 4
Photo Jessica Thompson, ICF

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