Jennifer Davis, ICF
the Class of 2010 Whooping Crane Chicks!
the Eastern Flock
May 27, 2010
before first migration)
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Jack" was this chick's baby name after hatching at ICF.
He was second
in the group to fly; he fledged on August 16. How many days of age was
#19-10 has always been stubborn, intelligent, and very independent.
He seems to know that the costumes are not his
parents. He has always
been a willful child, doing exactly opposite of what we wanted him to
do. But he's smart enough to know what's good for him. He knows his place
among the chicks is pretty high, so he doesn't go around pushing the
issue, but he likes to challenge the adult cranes and the costumes nearby
as he tries to establish a higher place in the hierarchy.reports Jen.
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.
Where is Pepper Jack?
19-10 left the refuge on November 1, reported tracker Eva. "Unfortunately,
I lost his signal about 1.5 hours before sunset
around Richland Center,
could not locate him again. Tracker Jen went down there the next morning
in case he got up in the air, but she also did not detect him. We will
to wait for a flight to search for him or hope that he moves somewhere
and is reported by somebody. Until then, we can only cross our fingers
and hope he is OK. He was not with any other Whooping cranes (at least
none with working transmitters). Because of the direction he headed
in and the chicks behavior since release, I do not think he was with
any sandhills either.
2010: "Wild Child" #19-10 DAR left Nov. 23 but was
was missing in action for until Dec. 2 when trackers caught up with
Eva joyfully reported: "I
found 19-10 today! He is with adult pair #211 (11-02) and #830 (30-08)
Indiana." Hooray for the older
crane pair to show Pepper Jack the way!
foraging in snowy cornfields. Adults #211
and #830 had claimed the
DAR introduction site at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge as their
territory, so Pepper Jack had followed them around and knew them well.
They resumed migration and were in Cherokee
County, Alabama but were gone when the location
was checked on February 1, 2011. The three cranes were next reported
in Madison County, Alabama at least through February
14, along with cranes 37-09 (DAR),
25-10 (DAR) and 27-10 (DAR).
Madison County, Alabama sometime between Feb. 18-22 in a group with
#211 and #830 and cranes 37-09 (DAR), 25-10 (DAR) and 27-10
(DAR). They were reported in Crawford County, IL on March 8-10 and
Mar. 14. Minus the pair #211/830, the group was still there March 16 and
completed migration to Necedah NWR by March 21.
2011: Wintered in Greene County, Indiana with #25-10 (DAR).
2012: He was photographed March 12 at Goose Pond fish and Wildlife Area in Greene County, Indiana. The cranes' leg bands identify them as #19-10 DAR, male #212 (12-02), female #419 (19-04) and this pair's subadult offspring W1-12.
Spring 2013: Completed migration March 30.
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