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Hatch-year 2015 of the Eastern Flock
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Crane 68-15 DAR
International Craen Foundation

Crane # 68-15 DAR (Quill)
Date Hatched June 16, 2015
Gender Female
Left Leg Right Leg





Personality and Training:

Quill (68-15) is fondly called ‘Lil Quill. Beloved by all her costumed caretakers, was the last to hatch and is the youngest of the cohort. As a chick, she just wanted to make friends with all the other chicks but was—more often than not—chased away. She loves to stick close to the costumes, however, sometimes she follows TOO close! She’s also loves to dance and run laps around the ponds.

She was banded Oct. 21. On November 3 the DAR colts were not put back in the pen and were allowed to come and go as they pleased. This was their release to freedom and wildness. They soon were flying and hanging out with sandhills and adult whooper, #18-11.

Quill and her leg bands

Fall 2015: Crane 68-14*DAR was was spotted in a flock of about 100 Sandhill cranes at/near Horicon marsh in Dodge County, Wisconsin on Nov. 25.  Her other six Direct Autumn Release cohort mates were nearby, but were all with parent-reared female #27-14 (who successfully migrated south to Kentucky last year). DAR #68-15 was tracked in southern Wisconsin with a large group of sandhill cranes in mid December. On January 16, 2016, she was verified near Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Area in Indiana.


Spring 2016: Crane #68-15 (DAR) successfully returned north to Wisconsin, where she was seen in Dunn County fairly consistently throughout summer and early fall.
68-15 DAR age one year
Summer 2016
Anne Geraghity
Fall 2016: DAR 68-15 was still in Dunn County, Wisconsin as of Dec. 4 but then migrated to Meigs County, Tennessee. She remained Meigs or nearby Rhea County, TN for the winter.
DAR #68-15 with Sandhill Crane on wintering grounds
December 2016
Robert Scott
Spring 2017: DAR 68-15 began migration north with 66-15 (F) but there have been no sightings of her since January 2017.
Last Updated: 6/9/2017