News! #733 is Found! (+0 Miles)
November 29, 2007: Migration Day 48
Mayer took this photo of #733 yesterday when she landed on
his property in Scottsburg, Indiana. The news media in the area
did a terrific job of covering the story and sending out
the alert so people could help watch for her.
a miracle! young #733 was
found last night at sunset in a field of cows, and peeping like crazy
to see her costumed "parents" arrive to rescue
her! They found the young chick standing in a small area of water across
the fence from a group of cows. Joe and Brian coaxed the cows
out of the way as they made their way over to 733. They wondered
if her peeps meant she was awfully glad to
see them or if she was giving them heck for taking so long to find
her! Yesterday morning brought a confirmed sighting (photo) near
was also sighted back up near Muscatatuck NWR,
and was finally
near Big Spring, KY. This was about 50 miles to the southwest of where
she began her wanderings yesterday. Trackers in the air had
seen her earlier soaring on thermals with some Sandhill cranes, but
#733 was alone (except for the cows) when she was found. Oh, what
A Day of Rest and Celebration
today's unfavorable winds, the Operation Migration Team will have a
no-fly day to recover from the 6-day search for #733.
They're sure to feel it if every one of us sends them thoughts of
joy and gratitude for their profound dedication and for NEVER GIVING
UP! Here's saluting the incredible Operation
Migration team: Pilots
Joe, Richard, Brooke, and Chris; ground crew/trackers: Bev, Brian,
Walt, Megan; the volunteer top cover pilots for the second half
migration: Dave Mattingly and Jack Wrighter; and keeping everyone
informed from the office: Liz, Chris, and James. On Operation
page >> is
a complete list of even more folks who deserve a standing
ovation for their efforts. YOU ARE AWESOME HEROES!
Teacher Lori Trout wrote: "It has been
amazing to be in Louisville and watch the news develop around #733.
been added on the WHAS11 newscast links." Check them out, and the
Journal Question: (a) Just imagine how the team is feeling
today! Tell about a time when, like them, you tried and tried and never
up. How do you think it helped or changed you? (b-for-bonus) Pull
out a map and pinpoint #733's travels yesterday. What do you think
was trying to accomplish?
You Help? Two
anonymous Operation Migration Supporters will match new MileMaker
sponsorships of 1⁄4, 1⁄2,
or 1 mile. This is a chance to double the value of your contribution
if you can possibly raise the funds to help pay for any part
of this year's chicks' first journey
south. But even if you only have coins, your money can still
help buy crane chow or mealworms to feed the crane-kids on their
first journey south! Click on Operation
Migration's home page or their Contribute
page for directions!
There are many ways to help. You can participate in Change4Cranes.
You can fold paper cranes to sell like Nadia and her family,
Alexander Middle School. Tell us your ideas and we'll share
the good news with all the Journey North readers as we add
to our Classrooms
in Action pages (more new pages coming).
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).