More Progress, and an Injury
The weather was good to go! Brooke Pennypacker took off with 19 cranes at 7:57 AM. (Chick #510 was slow to come out of the pen, and Richard picked him up.) But soon trouble struck. Crane #516 got caught in the wires on top of Brooke's ultralight. Brooke made an emergency landing with #516 in a cow pasture. The other pilots zoomed in to take over leading the flock. Brooke examined #516 and felt the bird was well enough to keep flying despite a scraped leg. They took off, but #516 lagged behind. Brooke landed again in another field. Before long, something spooked #516 and he flew off. Brooke took to the air and led #516 to a harvested soybean field. Charlie caught up to Brooke and #516 resting in this field. They put the bird in a crate and Charlie drove him to today's landing site in Green County, WI. The crane-kids knocked another 46.1 miles off their trip. Feel better, #516!
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).