September 22, 2001
Before leaving on migration, the birds must be able to follow the planes for about 50 minutes at a time. It's
been several days since the banding and medical exam, and the birds had an unexpectedly long break in training
before taking to the skies again today. At first, they were very unhappy with Joe, Deke,
and Dan--the costumed "traitors" who grabbed them and put hoods over their heads so they could not see
the veterinarians during the September 11 exams. The pilots knew it would take time to rebuild the birds' trust.
Then came other setbacks: bad weather for over a week, the ban on air travel that left Deke and Dan stranded when
they went home to visit their families, and the FAA grounding of all aircraft. But today
they're back in the skies!
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