Waiting at 2009's End (+0
After 702 miles of progress in 69 days, the Class of 2009 will end the year grounded in Franklin County Alabama. Rain, a low cloud ceiling and winds from the south are making sure of that. It's been a long stay in at this spot. But many school kids and teachers on the migration path ahead are looking forward to visits from Team members as the migration continues in New Year 2010.
Meanwhile, none of the flock's older cranes or this year's 9 DAR chicks moved much in the past two weeks either. Where are the older whoopers of the new Eastern flock as 2009 ends? As of December 26, the 85 birds included 2 in Illinois, 28 in Indiana, 10 in Tennessee, 2 in Alabama (and the 20 ultralight-led Class of 2009, who will not be added into the official total until they reach their Florida homes), 3 in Georgia, 2 in South Carolina, 5 in Florida, and 26 birds of unknown location. Seven Whooping cranes in this flock have been missing for a few months to several months. Experts do not know their status.