|Feb. 10, 2012
||The Class of 2011 was released in the company of other Whooping cranes that are wintering on Wheeler NWR.
Image: David Sakrison
image for more arrival day photos.
|Feb. 8, 2012
||The young cranes were fitted with identification bands and tracking transmitters.
|Feb. 4, 2012
||The Class of 2011 cranes were transported by road about 70 miles to Wheeler NWR in Alabama. A total of 119 days passed between their departure and this "finish line."
|Jan. 29, 2012
||Today's flight attempt failed when the cranes appeared to be "done migrating" after many delays in Alabama. Pilots halted migration and arrangements will be made to move the cranes to a suitable wintering location.
|Jan. 13, 2012
||The team at Operation Migration marked the end of a stand-down period of the 2011-2012 migration. They re-started the migration "clock" with Jan. 13 being Day 75.
||Last flight of the 2011 fall migration before bad weather and an FAA investigation halted the migration to grant a waiver to continue.
DAR cranes are set free in the company of older wild cranes as migration time nears.
Ultralight-led female #2-11 goes missing after dropping out of the flight.
||Migration 2011 begins when cranes and planes depart White River Marsh.
||DAR chicks get their lifetime leg bands/colors.
||The Direct Autumn Release chicks were transported to
their release site at Horicon NWR.
the birds seem eager to follow the aircraft. Whether they’re
flying, or just catching ground
effect, Eight or nine of them will flap after the
trike but none of these
colts can quite take off with the trike yet.
but the youngest bird can get airborne for short distances,
and the oldest birds are just starting to fly.
large overhead wing was added to the trike today. The colts
have been following the wingless trike until now, so the shadow
of the big wing was scary to them. Grapes for treats got them
over it quickly!
Class of 2011 arrives at "Flight School" at White River
Marsh, Wisconsin. They traveled from Maryland via private jet and
for the 2011 ultralight flock began hatching at Maryland's
Chicks start training with the trike (without its wing) when they
are just a few days old.