Birds Fly 22.8 Miles and Reach Sauk County, WI
At 7:47 AM 19 cranes took off on the wing of Richard's ultralight! Crane #505 didn't get out of the pen in time to take off with Richard, but Brooke knew just what to do. He landed outside the pen, waited for #505 to come out, and gave this bird a private escort.
Top cover pilot Paula said the air was perfect for migration. It was smooth with a 10-knot tail wind. Richard and his 19 birds flew 36 minutes to landing. A few minutes later, Brooke landed with #505 as the bird was called down by a speaker broadcasting the comforting crane contact call. In more great news today, all birds flew on their own. No birds had to be boxed and driven. Whoopee!
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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