2007 Complete! (+26.2 Miles)
Today is the day! With Richard in the lead, the final leg of the 2007 migration is done! Today's flight from the Halpata-Tastanaki Preserve to Chassahowitzka NWR took just 1 hour and 6 minutes to complete. The flight to the pen was only 42 minutes and the rest of the time was spent trying to get the birds to land! The crane-kids must have sensed that this was their last time with the ultralights, because they were reluctant to leave them. After circling over the pen for awhile, they finally landed at their new winter home. The last holdout was #710, who took a little more coaxing. Sara Zimorski ICF Aviculturist and Megan Kennedy were on the ground playing recorded crane calls over a loudspeaker to tempt the birds to land. Folks along the route craned their eyes to see these magnificent young cranes' last flight with the dedicated pilots and tiny ultralight planes that led them on this journey of 1262.1 miles.
17 amazing young whoopers are
the seventh group to be guided by ultralights from central Wisconsin
to Florida for the winter. Seven DAR chicks also made their
first southward migration, and these are currently at several locations
in Tennessee. When the "Class of 2007" birds make their
spring migration in a few months,
wild in eastern North America! High fives and hearty congratulations
to the Operation
an outstanding migration, and to the entire Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership for a conservation story to celebrate. And
we congratulate YOU for hanging in there with the cranes and
for this outstanding adventure!
History: This is a migration for the record
books! You will have a grand time tracking down the final stats
on your Comparing Migrations Chart. We'll
post ours for your
comparison as soon as final stats are known. Please check back!
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).