as a Chick
On September 20, he was transported with his entire cohort of Direct Autum Release chicks to Horicon Refuge to spend the next few weeks in an enclosure and under supervision. On Ocober 14 he was banded with his permanent leg band colors. On October 21 he was set free to hang out with sandhill cranes on the refuge. The team hopes he'll follow them south on migration, and learn where to go. Tracking Crew Chief Eva said that when the DAR birds were released, seven of them (including #18) hung out in one group by themselves; on Oct. 24 they flew a really big loop over the northern end of the refuge. On October 27th this group moved to a small area of marshland in Dane County. They spend the day foraging in some cut corn fields before returning to the marsh habitat to roost in the evening with a few dozen Sandhill cranes.
Fall 2011, First Migration: DAR cranes #18-11 and #15-11 were at Wheeler NWR in Alabama in early December and spent the winter there among many sandhill cranes. Crane #919 was with them, and two Whooping crane pairs wintered on a separate area of the refuge.
Spring 2012: DAR cranes #18-11 and #15-11 departed Alabama's Wheeler NWR on their first northward migration February 26 with their pal #919 and about 60 Sandhill cranes! They were back on Necedah NWR in Wisconsin on March 14th! The two DAR cranes spent the night on one pool while #919 appears to have separated from them and roosted at a different pool. Well done! The two DAR juveniles moved to Marquette County, Wisconsin on March 16, in typical wandering behavior of juveniles. April 12 they were in Fond du Lac County, WI.
Fall 2012: Migrated south and was reported at Wheeler NWR in Alabama in January 2013.
Spring 2013: Crane #18-11 (DAR) completed migration to Wisconsin on March 29 with #15-11 (DAR) . He is not paired with any Whooping Cranes and seems to like hanging out with Sandhill Cranes. If he could speak, what do you suppose he might be saying in this photo by Gary Masemore at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge at the end of April?
Fall 2013: Remained at Horicon NWR in Wisconsin.
Spring 2014: Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin.
Fall 2014: Male #18-11 DAR departed Horicon NWR in Wisconsin on November 18 and wintered with sandhill cranes in Obion County, Tennessee.
Spring 2015: Male #18-11 DAR 18-11 was reported with a left leg injury on 1 April near the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, Wisconsin. He continues to be monitored and appears to be slowly improving. On June 30, the team reported that, while he does still limp, his behavior seems otherwise unimpaired.
Last updated: 6/30/15
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