On her first trips outdoors with a few of the other chicks, the costumes/trainers saw that 905 cared about nothing but catching and eating worms!
of Flight School in Wisconsin:
She paid good attention in training sessions and was flying by July 20. By early August all of cohort one was flying circles over the training areas. By mid-August they were flying larger and longer circuits. What a beautiful sight! Crane #905 is just happy to hang loose and do what's expected of her. She fits right in and doesn't give the team any worries. She is dependable and a good flier and follower of the ultralight.
Spring 2010, First Journey North: The "Chass 9" crane kids (901, 904, 905, 907, 913, 919, 924, 927 and 929) began migration on April 5 at 10:00 a.m. With them were subadults 824, 827 and 830. While they did not remain in one group for the whole flight, they ended up landing together in Grady County, Georgia around 6:00 p.m. The Chass group, now minus #907, who took off on her own in the early morning of April 6, continued migration and roosted the night of April 6 in Jackson County, Alabama. This was just 10 miles from the Tennessee border, and 285 miles from their previous stop. On April 7 they flew 250 miles to Orange County, Indiana where they dropped out early because of deteriorating weather conditions. The group of 11 continued migration to Porter County, Indiana (southeast of Chicago), on April 9. Here they split into a group of eight (#824, 827 and 830, 901, 904, 905, 924 and 929) and a group of three (#913, 919 and 927). Both groups continued migration the next day (April 10), when the group of eight made it home. Their signals were detected the next day, April 11, on Necedah NWR: migration complete!
Fall 2010: Cranes #905, 907, 42-09 (DAR) and #733 were reported in Shelby County, Alabama, on December 8. Tracker Eva discovered the group again on January 28, 2011. "They are at 733's previous wintering territory from two winters ago down in Polk County, Florida. This was the first time that area had been checked this winter, so they have probably been there for quite some time."
Spring 2011: Female #905 and cranes #733 and 907 and 42-09 (DAR) were reported in LaSalle County, Illinois, on March 24 and resumed migration from this location on March 30. They were found at their previous summering territory in Adams County, Wisconsin, on April 4, migration complete! She built a nest with male #733. Their single egg was collected on June 12 after 40 days of incubation. This is the first time in the Eastern Migratory Population that a two-year-old female has laid an egg.
Fall 2011: Pair #905 (#5-09) and #733 (#33-07) and cranes #924 (#24-09) and 42-09 DAR began migration between Nov. 29 and Dec. 2. They were found in Vigo County, Indiana, during a ttracking flight on Dec. 3. They showed up in Hopkins County, Kentucky at the end of January.
Spring 2012: Pair #5-09 and #33-07 — together with pair #24-09 and 42-09 DAR — completed migration back to their usual summering territory in Adams County, Wisconsin by March 12 or 13. Their previous known location was Hopkins County, Kentucky. They had been hanging out there with cranes #402 and 46-07 (DAR). On March 19, female #905 and her mate #733 were observed in nest building. They were found with a nest on April 2 and it was abandoned on April 7. They were seen with a new nest in Adams County on the April 26 nesting survey flight. They continued incubating after the eggs were full term, and the eggs never hatched: No chicks for this pair in 2012.
Fall 2012: Pair #5-09 and #33-07 migrated back to Hopkins County Kentucky in the fall, arriving by November 30.
Spring 2013: Pair #5-09 and #33-07 began migration from Kentucky location around March 20th or so, and completed spring migration to Necedah NWR in Wisconsin by March 31. By mid April they were reported nesting, but the nest had failed by May 6.
Fall 2013: Female #5-09 and her mate #33-07 again migrated south to Hopkins County, Kentucky, arriving about November 14. On Nov. 25 a local resident reported #5-09 as injured, but still able to fly. On Nov. 27 the much weakened #9-05 was rescued and taken to a Kentucky rehabilitation center for surgery but doctors were unable to save her. The scavenged remains of her mate #33-07 were found about five miles away on Dec. 13; investigators believe both were unlawfully shot during the same incident. Federal wildlife authorities had kept quiet about the deaths of these endangered birds while more evidence was gathered, but announced the bad news in a press release on January 15, 2014. They want the public's help in finding the perpetrators and bringing them to justice for their crime.
Last updated: 1/15/13