to migrate by following their "adopted" parents
4 chicks are captive-born and each one released near a wild crane pair without chicks, in hopes the pair will adopt the chick and lead it on migration. This is the second year for this part of the Whooping Crane reintroduction program. Five parent-reared birds are scheduled for release in Wisconsin before fall migration 2014.
19-14 (unknown gender): white (PTT); red/green, was released near adult pair.#9-05 and #13-03 on 23 September. S/he remained with the pair through at least 25 September but was not located with the adults by the evening of 26 September. PTT readings indicated movement to north of the refuge by 29 September. S/he was seen in flight alone in this area during an aerial survey on 30 September.
20-14 (Female): red/green; white/green (PTT). She was released near adult pair #10-03 and #34-09 on 22 September. She remained with them several days but was observed with pair #9-05 and #13-03 on Oct. 2.
21-14 (unknown gender): white/red (PTT); red/green. S/he was released near an adult pair Sept. 22 but wandered and could not be located during an aerial survey on 30 September. Location unknown as of Oct. 3. Found dead Oct. 8.
27-14 (Female): red/green; green/white (PTT) Released near adult pair #25-09 and #2-04 on September 22.