Airborne, Then Trouble (+0 Miles)
Flyable weather at last! At 7:47 a.m. all ten birds launched with lead pilot Brooke. But the flight soon turned into a rodeo. Hours of flying and searching ended with no progress in the migration and one missing crane. Nine of the ten are back at the old Stopover #1 in Green County, WI. Eight flew by their own wingpower, and one was crated and driven. Searchers went into high gear with tracking antennae, looking for missing Crane #2. No one picked up a signal, not one beep at all, from #2's transmitter. They searched until dusk both on the ground and in the air.
The final word from Liz at camp: "It looks like we might have flying weather in the morning. If so, there will be another attempt to advance a migration leg tomorrow, but successful or not, the search for #2 will resume after that." There will be troubled dreams in camp tonight.