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September 17, 2002
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OM project leader Joe Duff reports the birds have recovered from their sore muscles.
By now, they are used to their new leg bands. They have begun
to trust the trainers and pilots again. What a relief! It took a lot of coaxing,
but they are back in the air. The oldest group is flying the 10-15 minute flights
they had achieved before banding. In the group of ten, six
birds fly well and four are less committed. The birds and pilots
are building up their time in the air.
Photo J.Duff for WCEP
Autumn is around the corner. The wetlands of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
are beginning to fill with migrants: ducks, herons, geese and more. They probably
wonder at the strangest migrants of all: the young cranes that fly with the big yellow
Try This! Journaling Question
- What do you think are some signs that four of the young cranes are less committed
to flying with the ultralight? If you were pilots Richard, Brooke, or Joe, how might
you try to improve the situation?
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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