as a Chick
As the summer turned to fall, it was clear that this bird is the big rebel. he is almost never with the group. Jen says they think of him as the lone wolf.
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.
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!
Spring 2011: Left Madison County, Alabama sometime between Feb. 18-22 in a group with #211 and #830 and cranes 37-09 (DAR), 19-10 (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. The three DAR youngsters moved by April 2 to Dodge County's Horicon Refuge with #828.
Fall 2011: Wintered in Greene County, Indiana with #19-10 (DAR).
Spring 2012: Crane #25-10 departed Greene County on migration on March 27. That day, tracker Eva took this aerial photo (below): "Here he is hanging out on a muskrat mound, earlier on the day he took off for the summer nesting grounds." He began hanging out with #919 (#19-09) by mid May. These two males stayed on and near Necedah NWR throughout the summer.
Spring 2013: #25-10 DAR and #19-09 began spring migration from their wintering location in Gibson County, Indiana, between April 1 and 3 and were not yet documented back on Necedah NWR as of April 5.
Fall 2013: #25-10 DAR and #19-09 began migration prior to November 9 when the two were reported at their wintering site in Gibson County, Indiana. They remained through at least March 7, 2014.
Spring 2014: #25-10 DAR was confirmed on the Necedah NWR on 2 April. He had last been detected on his wintering grounds in Gibson County, Indiana, on 30 March.
Fall 2014: Male #25-10 DAR wintered again in Gibson County, Indiana, where he was photographed in December with male #19-09 and new pair #12-09/#14-09.
Spring 2015: Male #25-10 DAR and male #19-09 were first reported at Necedah NWR on March 31. They spent the spring and summer there.
Fall 2015: Pals #25-10 DAR and #19-09 migrated to their wintering grounds in Lawrence County, Illinois, on Nov. 23.
Spring 2016: Males #25-10 DAR and #19-09 migrated back to Wisconsin in April and again spent the spring and summer at Necedah NWR.
Fall 2016: On November 11, male #25-10 DAR and his friend #19-09 were reported on wintering grounds in Gibson and Knox County, Indiana.
Spring 2017: Males #25-10 DAR and #19-09, still together as best buddies, returned to Juneau County, Wisconsin for the summer.
Last updated: 6/5/17
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