Meet the Class of 2013 Whooping Cranes
Hatch-year 2013 of the Eastern Flock

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2013 DAR crane Hawkeye
Photo: Intl. Crane Fdn.
Hawkeye (DAR) #52-13
Date Hatched May 27, 2013
Gender Female
Left Leg Right Leg
(VHF radio transmitter)


Personality and Training: How did she get the name Hawkeye? ICF staff used the theme of TV sitcoms or sitcom characters when they named the new chicks. (A change in the numbering system is under discussion.) Hawkeye is named after Captain Ben "Hawkeye" Pierce of the old TV show M*A*S*H. She is a skilled tadpole and dragonfly hunter.

Hawkeye and the other DAR chicks were costume reared and then transported to Horicon Wildlfe Refuge in early September. The chicks will now spend more time out of a pen and less time with the costume. They will be officially released probably at the end of October to mingle with other wild Whooping cranes and Sandhill cranes. If all goes as planned, the youngsters will follow the older cranes to learn the flock's southward migration route.

The DAR chicks got their legbands and colors on Sept 27. They were released at Horicon NWR on Oct 24, 2013.

Hawkeye's radio transmitter and metal federal leg band were recovered on the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge on December 4, and her death likely occurred on November or 30 or December 1.

2013 DAR crane Hawkeye
Image: Intl. Crane Foundation
Dar cranes at Horicon Regufe after release
Last updated: 12/18/2013