Go. Close, But Crosswinds Rule (+0
The pilots decided to give it a try despite headwind and/or a crosswind on the WSW route to St. Marks. Eager craniacs gathered at the flyover site to watch and celebrate. But alas, when Richard flew a test flight at sunrise, the verdict was NO GO. The winds were just too much. They'll try again tomorrow to take the 10 St. Marks cranes home.
A fabulous 3-acre open pen is ready, but the 10 crane-kids will first go to a pen covered by a top net. Dr. Scott Terrell and his vet team from Disney's Animal Kingdom will perform health checks after the birds arrive. The cranes will also be fitted with the colored leg bands that will identify them for the rest of their life. After that happens, the 10 St. Marks birds will be released to their open pen. They will be free to come and go, but safe inside at night as they gradually learn to be wild.
Meanwhile, all 20 birds wait at the staging area in Jefferson County, FL. They are clueless about all the excitement and hope they are creating just a few miles away!