Photo: Operation Migration
Meet the New 2004 Whooping Crane Chicks!
Hatch-year 2004 of the Eastern Flock

Crane # 405

Date Hatched

April 24 , 2004



Date Arrived in Wisconsin

June 16, 2004

Permanent Leg Bands


  • Read about the naming system, birth place in Maryland, release site in Wisconsin, over-wintering site in Florida and leg-band codes.

Personality and History

Migration Training: Introduced to the trike at 7 days. Received 8 hrs & 55 min. of aircraft conditioning while at Patuxent WRC. Even though an older bird, got along better with birds much younger than himself. Easily intimidated by older birds and flew off by himself to avoid them. Moved to a younger cohort (group) and did better when he towered over the smaller birds.

First Migration South
: Fall 2004
One of the seven who flew on day 1. Often called a troublemaker (along with 402 and 408). (Also see: Fall 2004 Migration Map)

The carcass of #405 was found March 14, 2005 on a creek bank 200 meters south of the Florida pen. He was apparently killed by a bobcat during the night.

Last updated: 07/28/05

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Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).