October 6, 2006: Migration Day 2
Fog and Wind
The eager pilots arrived at the aircraft hangar at sunrise. The only
fog for miles around had condensed right around the airport, reported
pilot Joe Duff. "It was like nature's practical joke, knowing that
we were anxious to
on our way." Not only that,
but they'd be flying right into the wind. The birds
would tire and have NO fun. It was a no-brainer: no flight today.
Two Special Crane-kids
unique chick in the Class of 2006
makes the migration extra special. Chick #602 is
the first crane hatched from the reintroduced eastern
flock. She was hatched
an egg laid by parents from the ultralight-led Class of 2002. Biologists
rescued the egg when, through inexperience, the parents
abandoned their nest. Now she'll migrate with the ultralight planes
leading the way. (See story.)
Another special chick making its first migration south will fly
with her own parents, cranes 211
and 217. This
is the natural way for whooper chicks to learn their migration route.
See our photo album and meet the new flock's First
Family. She and her sibling were the first whooping cranes hatched
in the wild in Wisconsin in more than a century!
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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