as a Chick
"He has always been the oldest and for a while, was the biggest. Even though he's been outsized, he still comfortably holds the title of dominant bird. He seems to be the responsible one, leading the others to good foraging grounds. We have likened him to a high school quarter back; he's likable, popular, and the top dog," reports Jen.
The 11 DAR (Direct Autumn Release) Whooping Crane chicks were released October 25 on the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The young cranes learn the migration route from following older cranes. Biologists from ICF and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are tracking the released DAR cranes using radio telemetry, picking up radio signals emitted from leg transmitters on the birds. The young DAR cranes are currently still on the refuge, but as they begin the migration south trackers will be monitoring the birds’ movements.
Sadly, #18-10 was killed on the morning of October 30 on Necedah NWR. He and three other DAR juveniles, two adult whooping cranes, and some sandhill cranes were near a small wet depression surrounded by reed canary grass. An unknown predator attacked the group, resulting in a bleeding scratch on the head of #20-10 and death of #18.
Last updated: 11/1/10
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