heads for LaSalle County with 14 birds!
Winnebago County! With Chris as lead pilot, today they finally
took off for LaSalle County, Illinois. "Knowing we had to
climb through turbulence and had a long flight ahead of
us, it was best to break the group up a bit. I had 5 birds solidly
on my wing, with others still strung out behind me. So I continued
south with 5 birds, and let Brooke, Joe, and Richard pick up the
rest. I listened on the radio as the other three pilots performed
their rodeo around the pen. Richard eventually got away with one
three. Joe finally got his five to leave with the help of John
disguised as a Swamp
Monster and blowing an air horn," reported Chris. The pen,
birds, planes, and all the RVs and
vehicles made it to stopover six at last. Wonderful work!
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when they leave LaSalle County! Will it be tomorrow? >>
Underway for Other Whoopers Too!
you wonder what the other members of the new Eastern flock are doing?
The season's first to go were 9 adult whoopers that began migration
November 15. Another 14 whoopers departed November
17, and five left today. They included male #216 traveling
with four of the 2008 DAR (Direct Autumn Release) chicks! Will he
continue as their guide and teacher
on their first migration? The bio pages for all 74 cranes in the
flock are kept updated as news arrives. (Scroll to the bottom for
recent news; you can access ALL the Eastern flock's hatch years at
the bottom of the Class
of 2008's page.)
many miles of the 1285-mile journey have they
now completed? Click on "Data" under the map
to calculate how many days the birds were grounded
in Winnebago County. What did you notice about
the their behavior on take-off both
yesterday and today? Why do you think that happened?
in the chart by clicking on "News" on
the Navigation Bar at the top of this
page: Click on report dates listed to
complete the chart with miles gained.
notice about the distances traveled
with each flight? What is the average
number of miles traveled per day so
far? What needs to happen for this amount