Wild Detour For All But One (+? Miles)
Today was tense and wild. Poor flying conditions developed soon after takeoff and soon came the worst crane rodeo of this migration. The planes popped in and out of the fog (something that spooks the birds) as the pilots searched hard for a place to land early. Dropouts (including 709, 710, 712, 717, 721, 723 and 724) landed everywhere, and at one time four birds were unaccounted for. Only one (#721) was still missing at nightfall, with the flock divided in two counties. Only one bird (#710 with Brooke) made it to the day's destination in Gilchrist County. (More below.) The team may be able to get the rest of the birds from Suwannee County to Gilchrist County tomorrow. If so, it would complete the last migration leg before the flight to Dunnellon and the long- awaited Arrival Event and Flyover.
(b-for-Bonus) List 2 or more difficulties caused by having the birds in more than one site for the night. Think about jobs to do, equipment needed, and other factors.
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).