Here They Come!
A chilly 39 degrees at daybreak, a wind from the north at 6 mph on the ground, and a test flight: all added up to GO. At 7:31 AM Joe zoomed off with 15 birds along the wings of his ultralight. One bird flew with Chris. The ground crew watched as Brooke and Richard struggled to encourage another 3 birds to fly to LaSalle County. That leaves one more bird: the decision was made to crate and transport 516. He still seems hesitant after tangling with the wires of the plane on October 18, and has a sore wing. The team feared that if #516 wouldn't or couldn't stick with the flock, he might tempt others to break off and follow him. They can't risk this scenario, so #516 went by road today.
The first group of 13 followed the lead ultralight and landed 1 hour and 39 minutes later in LaSalle County. The other six flying birds eventually arrived, but two ended up in boxes after troubles staying with the ultralights. All 20 are safely in the travel pen, and tomorrow is likely to be another travel day.
DAR Chicks Set Free!
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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