Migration Day 29
Whoopee! The migration has finally arrived at Muscatatuck
National Wildlife Refuge after a long wait in Morgan County, Indiana.
They've come a total of 433.3 miles. It was a great flight: 1 hour
16 minutes, covering over 40 miles, with all
birds flying the whole way! Richard led
17 birds. Brooke led #508 and Joe escorted #516 (the one with the healing
wing). That makes 19, which is now the flock total after this week's
loss of #526.
on the Move!
already know that
six of the one-year-old whooping cranes left Wisconsin on their first
migration south November 9. And the wild natural flock
is still arriving in Texas from Canada. Weather in the past week
hasn't been favorable for them to complete their migration to the
Texas coast, and only two have arrived since Nov. 2. Over half of
the expected 235 whoopers are already there. A family group was still
in Saskatchewan on November 5. Two whoopers were on the Platte River
in Nebraska November 3, while 3 were at Salt Plains NWR in Oklahoma
on November 4. The others are scattered throughhout the migration
corridor. We wish all the whooping cranes safe