Banded and Free on the Wintering Grounds
February 1, 2010

Class of 2009 Banding Code Chart

Class of 2009
Bio Pages

Which young crane now wears these bands?
Photo Eva Sysczkoski, ICF

The successful fall migration ended with 20 young whoopers being released to fly wild and free by the end of January. Health checks and banding took place for the St. Marks birds and the 10 Chass birds a few days after their arrivals. Then the crane-kids spent a few more days in a top-netted pen. They were observed to make sure they were all flapping their wings and responding well to the costume. Finally they were released into the large open-topped pen. The Class of 2009 can freely come and go, exploring their new winter homes. Hooray!

What's Next?
Will the young birds find their way back to the Wisconsin summer nesting grounds? When will they leave Florida? What route will they take north? Will they stay in small groups? Which, if any, will travel north alone?

We'll discover the answers when Journey North reports begin on February 12. Come join us for the suspense and excitement!

In the Classroom

What are the banding colors for "your" crane? Use the links by the photo above to find out.

Remember: You can follow the life story of every Whooping crane in the new eastern flock for its entire life. Check in often to see how your crane is doing!

Meet the Flock

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).