Circus and Cranes in Two Counties
It was a day of struggle for the birds and the pilots. After four nights in a pen in good crane habitat, the birds didn't want to leave. And they certainly didn't want to fly in today's headwinds. But the pilots knew calmer air was higher up, if they could just get the birds UP there. Most of the birds made up their mind not to go.
Richard ended up with six birds, and Chris, not too far away, with one. Joe and Brooke were last, in an all-out struggle to get the other 12 birds to follow. The birds wanted nothing to do with that headwind. Then one of Richard’s birds dropped low, fell behind, and vanished as they passed Albany, Georgia. Brooke ended up escorting 11 birds (501, 502, 503, 506, 507, 509, 511, 512, 514, 519, and 523) back to the starting point. Joe was able to get one (#510) to follow him to the next stop in Cook County, Georgia. After today's unsettling events, the birds are safe but the migration team is regrouping to figure out what to do next.
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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