The First Family
in the New Eastern Flock

On December 9, 2006 at 4:08 pm parents #211 and #217 and their surviving chick arrived at the Florida pen site! The new parents brought their chick to the same place THEIR "parents" — the ultralight plane — brought them in 2002. The family roosted there overnight. The next day they flew to the adult pair’s usual winter territory in Pasco County, Florida.

Besides being the first wild-hatched chick in the eastern migratory population, W1-06 (or W601) became the first in the flock to complete a roundtrip migration by following her parents. On February 23, 2007, the First Family began spring migration from Florida. On March 20, they were confirmed back home on Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. On March 23, the 9-month-old chick separated from her parents. These successes make a milestone for the reintroduction. It was history-in-the-making!

Photo Richard Urbanek, WCEP