Meet the Class of 2014 Whooping Cranes
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Crane chick #14-02 as a baby
Image: Operation Migration

Crane # 2-14
Date Hatched May 12, 2014
Gender Female
Left Leg Right Leg

Temporary leg band: black
Backpack transmitter

Personality and Training: Crane chick #2-14 is a full sister to chick #3-14.

Little #2 first heard the trike engine turn on and off on May 21 when she was 7 days old. She handled it well. By May 26, chicks #2 and #3, the siblings from Necedah, were going around and around together in the circle pen as they following the aircraft "trike" with no fear. They got along great with each other, too, unlike some siblings!

Crane chick #2 is biggest in the Class of 2014.
How Old?
Image: Operation Migration
chick #2 on July 7 in Maryland
July 7
Image: Operation Migration
Arrival in Wisconsin
Arrival in Wisconsin!
Image: Tom Schultz
Chick #2 shows her primary feathers on July 10.
Primary Feathers!
Image: Doug Pellerin
Chicks and Costume on training strip
Flight School Begins
Image: Tom Schultz
The chicks all ran after the plane as it taxied to the end of the grassy training strip.
Chasing the Plane
Image: Crane Cam
Training on July 14
New Aircraft!
Image: Tom Schultz
First 2-minute flight!
Now Flying!
Image: Ruth Peterson
Despite the downtime due to recent poor weather, all the girls did great flying with the aircraft, logging over 15 minutes of air time by the week of August 25!
The "girls" flying with the aircraft Sept. 28
Flying Longer
Image: Tom Schultz

September 16: Crane #2 was one of three cranes to get the new backpack transmitters used this year for the first time. This new way to track uses new technologies that make batteries last longer. "There are negatives to attaching anything to a free-flying bird, but the risk of injury is low, and there is a lot to be learned," writes Joe Duff.

A few days later, the migration transmitters were attached to their leg bands.

Crane with backpack transmitter
Backpack Transmitter
Image: Operation Migration