Whoopeeeee! Fourteen young Whooping cranes took off behind
Joe Duff's ultralight this morning to start their first journey
south. Eight flew with Joe to the new landing spot, but six had
their own plans. Young #827 dropped out in the marsh but later flew
behind Brooke's plane
to the new site. Cranes #803, #804 and
#805 wanted to go home, and finished the trip by road in the tracking
van. No one ever expects the first days to go smoothly, but thanks
to the hardworking team, all is well!
flew four miles, just far enough to get them to unfamiliar territory.
The team has learned this is a good way to start. It's ensures
the chicks pay attention to the trike, and gives the birds a successful
tiring them. They're OFF, for what we hope is a swift and safe migration