Meet the Class of 2012 Whooping Cranes
Hatch-year 2012 of the Eastern Flock

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baby crane #12-14 DAR
Photo: Eva Szyszkoski, ICF
Crane #14-12 DAR
Date Hatched May 31, 2012
Gender Male
Left Leg Right Leg
 
 
 
 
 
 
(VHF radio transmitter)

Personality and Training: The crew at ICF chose "prairies and wetlands" for the theme in naming the 2012 DAR birds they would costume-rear for later release with wild cranes. "Lily" is the nickname they gave to #14—and yes, he is a male. His mother is Herfy, a captive female who hatched at ICF in 1990.

 

Fall 2012: In early September, the chicks were transferred to Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in preparation for their release in central Wisconsin. Release took place Oct. 29. On October 30, all chicks were fine and foraging after their first overnight of freedom. Crane #14-12 (Lily) took off with Sandhill Cranes in the morning, but soon took off on his own. ICF's Marianne Wellington had hoped he would stay with the Sandhills to learn what is outside the refuge. He stayed with the sandhill cranes and began migration on November 23. He was reported "loosely associating" with demale DAR 28-05 at the Jasper-Pulaski FWA in Indiana on Nov. 25. Next he was reported with sandhill cranes in Volusia County, Florida, on December 9, where he remained through at least March 28 before spring migration.

Crane #14-12 DAR with sandhill cranes in Wisconsin November 3, 2012
Image:Eva Szyszkoski, ICF


Spring 2013: First Unaided Spring Migration North
April 7: Crane 14-12 was reported in Berrien Co, Michigan, on April 23 and moved to Allegan County, Michigan by April 30. A crane reported in Lenawee County, Michigan, on June 14 was later confirmed as #14-12. He remained in the area at least through the end of August.

Fall 2013: Crane 14-12 was not detected on his Michigan summering territory September 17 or 19. He was next reported in Jackson County, Michigan on October 28 — and in Brevard County, Florida, on January 4.

Spring 2014: Male #14-12 remained in Brevard County, Florida, through at least March 27. He was reported in Kosciusko County, Indiana, on 2 May. He was next observed in LaPorte County, Indiana on 19 May—and also again on 17 August.



Last updated: 8/24/2014

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