as a Chick
On September 27 Jen reported: "Everyone has fledged. We're still not really sure about #22-10, but we know she can at least fly a little bit. We find that she flies out of the day pen on a regular basis. We hope that we'll see her flying circles around site three within the next couple weeks, or we might have to take her back under our wing and find a different place for her."
On October 2 Jen reported:
Smallest of the 2010 DAR flock, she has been the most timid flier so
far. She recently proved to us that
can fly — and fly very well with the others. She has always been
very independent and very focused on hunting larger food than the other
chicks. She was the first to catch a snake!
By Nov. 6 the large group of nine DAR birds had been settling into a routine and feeding in cornfields just south of the refuge during the day, reported Eva. They are usually with older birds #506, #906 and 38-09 (DAR) and return to the refuge in the evening.
As they begin the migration south trackers will be monitoring the birds’ movements. Watch for news below!
Fall 2010, First Migration: Many of the eastern flock began migration from Wisconsin on November 20, and so did Crane #22-10 DAR (along with 25-10 DAR and 27-10 DAR). These three young DAR birds left without adult supervision! How would they know where o go? Luckily, veteran migrators #313 (13-03) and #318 (18-03) caught up with the youngsters along the Mississippi River, and the group rejoined the migration corridor. On Nov. 24 they were in Greene County, Indiana, in the same area as one of the family groups from the flock. She continued migrating south with other cranes leading the way, and was last reported January 23 in Cherokee County, Alabama with several other migrating Whooping cranes from the flock. One of the group, #412, was shot dead shortly thereafter. Crane #22-10 (DAR) was not with the group when they were next found Feb. 4 in Madison County, Alabama.
Sad news came Feb. 18 when it was announced that Federal investigators had discovered her remains on the Alabama-Georgia border —about 1/4 mile from where #412 was shot a few weeks earlier. Officials believe the two deaths are linked, and are working hard to find the perpetrator. The reward for shooting these endangered whooping cranes now stands at $23,250. The money was given by 18 non-governmental organizations, federal agencies, and private individuals for additional information on the deaths of the two whooping cranes leading to successful prosecution of the perpetrator(s).
Last updated: 2/20/11
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