No Go: Windy, Wet Day (+0 Miles)
It's raining in LaSalle County, IL, but that's nothing compared to the winds. They're blowing 20 - 30 mph on the surface and 40 - 60 mph aloft! Today is Down Day 3 in LaSalle County, IL.
Meanwhile, the Class of 2011's Direct Autumn Release (DAR) cranes have left Horicon NWR. They were wandering in Wisconsin at last report, and tracker Eva is following them. The wild (Western) flock is on the move too, migrating from northern Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. A single subadult Whooping crane made it "home" to Aransas NWR in Texas by October 24! We are super excited to find out how many chicks were hatched in that flock this summer. This could be the year that the number of Whooping cranes in the world's only natural flock passes the 300 mark!
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