Operation Migration - Whooping Cranes - Class of '08

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Wondering which chicks are related?


Meet the Whooping Crane Class of '08

The Whooping crane chicks are numbered according to the order in which they hatched at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.  The first digit indicates the year in which they hatched, and the last two digits indicate the order in which they hatched. Example: crane #803 is the first hatch of 2008.

Please note that there may be gaps in the numbering sequence - this is attributed to numbers being assigned to either: genetically valuable chicks, which have been held back in the captive population, or Sandhill crane chicks, or young birds lost due to health problems.
 

For more in-depth and up-to-date information on each of the Class of 2008 cranes, please visit: Journey North logo

 

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803 804 805 810 812 813 814 818
819 824 826 827 828 829 830  

803

   

Egg Source: Patuxent WRC

Hatch Date: May 6/08

Gender: Male

Leg Bands: Temp. Pink
Cohort One

Character Traits & Firsts: Outside for first walk on May 10. Follows well - can be a bit of a bully.  

804

   

Egg Source: Patuxent WRC

Hatch Date: May 9/08

Gender: Male

Leg Bands: Temp. White, Blue
Cohort One

Character Traits & Firsts: First exposure to trike/engine May 16. This chick gets the award for "most attentive" as he's always near the front of the pack during training. Best bud of 805.  

805

   

Egg Source: 213 & 218*

Hatch Date: May 9/08

Gender: Male

Leg Bands: Temp. Yellow
Cohort One

Character Traits & Firsts: A rather timid bird. This youngster was the first to hatch from the eggs collected from abandoned Necedah nests. This chick gets along with 804 - they share the same hatch day. Has turned out to be a bit of a bully.  

810

 

 

Egg Source: 313* & 318

Hatch Date: May 15/08

Gender: Male

Leg Bands: Temp. Yellow, White
Cohort One

Character Traits & Firsts: Collected as eggs from abandoned nests at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. This bird is very aggressive toward anything that moves and was segregated from the rest of the cohort upon relocation to NNWR. He will eventually be reintegrated with the group once the team has a chance to work on socializing them. UPDATE: Click to read why this young crane will not be migrating with the ultralight cohort.  

812

   

Egg Source: ICF

Hatch Date: May 22/08

Gender: Male

Leg Bands: Temp. Green, Red
Cohort Two

Character Traits & Firsts: The first chick in Cohort Two. Had its first circle pen training session on May 30th - did very well. This chick and 813 were the easiest to train. Seems to be the dominant bird in Cohort Two - slightly aggressive  

813

   

Egg Source: Calgary Zoo

Hatch Date: May 23/08

Gender: Female

Leg Bands: Temp. Pink, Blue
Cohort Two

Character Traits & Firsts: A very good follower! Bev says this little one is a fast learner and caught on the quickest. The largest bird in Cohort Two. Very placid. Ranks third in social hierarchy.  

814

   

Egg Source: ACRES

Hatch Date: May 25/08

Gender: Male

Leg Bands: Temp. White, Yellow
Cohort Two

Character Traits & Firsts: Very clingy and needy to the costume, yet, dominant over 813  

 

818

   

Egg Source: ICF

Hatch Date: May 31/08

Gender: Female

Leg Bands: Temp. Pink, Brown 
Cohort Two

Character Traits & Firsts: 818 is our second ICF chick. Nicknamed "Mouse" for his tendency to scurry about. Never seems to walk at a steady pace, but instead skitters to and fro like a mouse. A peeper, lowest bird of her subgroup, Was good buddies with 820 and Bev thinks she misses his company now that he's been allocated to Cohort Three.  

 
819

 

 

Egg Source: Calgary Zoo

Hatch Date: May 31/08

Gender: Male

Leg Bands: White  
Cohort Two

Character Traits & Firsts: The fourth egg provided by the Calgary Zoo is the third surviving chick (802 died 5/22). An obnoxious little guy. A good follower, full of energy and likes to annoy 816  

 

824

 

 

Egg Source: Patuxent WRC

Hatch Date: June 8/08

Gender: Female

Leg Bands: Temp. Blue / Green  
Cohort Three

Character Traits & Firsts: A good follower but very aggressive toward other chicks. Makes a beeline for any other birds that she sees so she can peck them. Second in dominance structure of this Cohort (829 is the most dominant)  

 

826

   

Egg Source: Patuxent WRC

Hatch Date: June 10/08

Gender: Male

Leg Bands: Temp. Pink  / Light blue

Character Traits & Firsts: Easy going and laid back for the most part - will occasionally challenge others in his group. Paired up with 828 for training and they get along great.  

 

827

 

 

Egg Source: Calgary Zoo

Hatch Date: June 11/08

Gender: Male

Leg Bands: Temp. White / Brown
Cohort Three

Character Traits & Firsts: A puppet hater. Has been aggressive toward other chicks.  

 

828

 

 

Egg Source: Calgary Zoo

Hatch Date: June 12/08

Gender: Male

Leg Bands: Temp. Yellow / White
Cohort Three

Character Traits & Firsts: Initially a good follower but has picked up the bad habit of mucking about for bugs and worms.  

 

829

 

 

Egg Source: Calgary Zoo

Hatch Date: June 13/08

Gender: Male

Leg Bands: Temp. Blue / Black
Cohort Three

Character Traits & Firsts:  Paired with 830 for training sessions and they get along great; the best follower of the group. Most dominant bird of Cohort three - does not chase other birds or exert his dominance unless provoked.  

 

830

 

 

Egg Source: Calgary Zoo

Hatch Date: June 15/08

Gender: Female

Leg Bands: Green / Red
Cohort Three

Character Traits & Firsts: The final Class of 2008 chick to hatch and the latest hatch we have ever had for the ultralight-led component of the reintroduction. The smallest but very enthusiastic and a good follower. Patuxent's Brian Clauss reports "Smart little bird. Knows where all the birds are and knows where she needs to be to steer clear of any problems. She minds her own business but can still be near the other birds without any problems. She is very good about navigating around the pen and you can see the little wheels turning in her head as she plans her next move."  
   

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