Sunday on the Ground (+0
Joe launched in his trike to test the wind conditions. It took him 3 minutes to climb to a thousand feet and about 20 seconds to know it was too rough to fly the birds to LaSalle County today. Liz reported, "Even from the ground we could see him rocking and rolling as he fought the wind to return to the runway." It took 7 minutes to return! Alas, down-day six in Winnebago County.
when Heather and John pulled on
costumes to walk the half mile to the travel pen
and check on the crane-kids. Heather's report: "It's always
a quiet walk out to the pen and I love that moment when — just
as we crest the small
hides the pen from view — we see 14 tawny heads positioned
as high as they possibly can in hopes of catching a glimpse of the
costumes coming. After shutting off the electric fence, we entered
the pen to check the water buckets and feed containers.
we had to remove a thick layer of ice in each water bucket before
we could add fresh water. After I kicked the ice with the heel of
my boot to break
it, the birds had fun trying to pick up the slippery pieces of ice.
John refilled the water containers and I filled uptheir supply
of crane chow.
Sunday today; no Classroom Activities.
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).