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 (Female): white (PTT); red/green, was released near adult pair.#9-05 and #13-03 on 23 September. She remained with the pair through at least 25 September but was not located with the adults by the evening of 26 September. Instead, she successfully migrated with adult pair #7-07 and #39-07 to their winter territory in Georgia. The new family arrived November 23, 2014.
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 (Female): 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.