as a Chick
Jen reports: One of the BEST fliers in the group, she started flying at
an earlier age than any of the rest of the chicks. it's almost
off by making an extra circle around the field before landing. She is
not very independent, though. She always stays in a group, or as close
as she can get to a costumed handler. She had a bee sting on her cheekbone
in early september, and she still
hasn't grown back all of her face feathers yet. We can easiily identify
her that way!
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: Began migration November 23, following older Whooping cranes who know the route. In fact, DAR chicks 20, 23, 24, 26, and 28-10 all stayed together and were led by experienced adults (#6-05 and yearlings #6-09 and #38-09). This large group of eight spent some time in Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge before once again escaping the cold snows of Indiana.
WCEP trackers recorded the five DAR chicks and the three older whoopers in Hamilton County, TN when they roosted there on December 10th. On December 13th the group of eight cranes left this location. The three older birds later returned, but no further reports came for the five DAR juveniles until December 30, 1010, when hunters found three of them dead from gunshot just west of Albany, Georgia. The three shot cranes were DAR chicks 20-10, 24-10 and 28-10.
The landowner reported the cranes had been in the area for a few weeks before they were found shot. Since the deaths, two Whooping Cranes, presumed to be the other two DAR birds of the group of five, were sighted in fields near the site of the shooting.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and others are investigating the shooting deaths of these endangered birds, and a reward is offered for information leading to arrest of the shooters. The public is asked to report any tips. Contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Terry Hasting at 404-763-7959 (ext. 233).
Updates will appear here when there's further news.
Last updated: 1/10/11
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