male #213 began
building a nest on Necedah NWR by the end of March, 2006
They began incubating by April 6. (In
2005 this pair didn't finish the nest they started, and they
did not lay eggs.)
good parents, they faithfully tended the nest—until
April 24. That day both of them were seen together elsewhere
on the refuge.
That meant their precious eggs were left unguarded.
Experts checked and saw that both eggs were still okay.
But, bad news: several
hours later, the
two adults still had not come back to the nest.
than risk losing the eggs to predators, experts took
the eggs. They replaced them with a plastic egg in
case the adults came back later. Radio signals
nest area after
dark indicated that #218 (the female) was near the nest.
We couldn't tell if the male was
there; his radio transmitter is not working.
two eggs were
to the nearby International
Crane Foundation for further incubation. Then they
were shipped to Maryland to the special place where
all the chicks for the ultralight migration will hatch.
happened next? Read
more: Rescued Eggs Become Eastern Flock's First Chicks!