The longest-EVER migration is over! Joan called with the news of the landing, and we also spoke to today's lead pilot Chris, who reported a 20-minute rodeo to get the reluctant cranes to leave. But all 17 made it; 5 with Chris, 10 with Richard, and 2 with Brooke. Chris said, "It was pretty thrilling to fly over the Dunnellon Airport and see 1,000 people below us to celebrate the arrival." (See photos and audio clips by Brooke.) WELL DONE, you magnificent Operation Migration team (photo)!
But where is the 18th bird? Airborne trackers are looking for #615 right now. The young male dropped out of yesterday's flight (with 614, 620 and 623) and wasn't found. We hope he had a safe roosting place and will soon be back with his flockmates. Meanwhile, Marie and Charlie are already at the pensite to assist the vets from Disney with the post-migration Health Checks and permanent color-codes & radio leg bands tomorrow. After that's done, the responsibility for the birds passes to the Winter Monitoring Team. Bev Paulan will be back after the holidays to be on that team. (Check #615's bio page for updates.)
In the Classroom
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