October 7, 2003
By: Lead, Chase, Scout
Today could be the final day at Necedah. Before you read on, what do you think the team is doing in the final hours before departure?
The pilots and ground crew do much more than train and attend to the cranes. They must also build and repair the travel pens (enclosures) that will keep the birds safe at the stopover sites along the the way. They must be sure to have everything they need to keep planes, cranes, people, pens, trailers, behicles, and motor homes in top condition on the 1200-mile journey. Each of the planned stopover sites must be in readiness too. It will take many, many people working together to carry out this migration plan.
Later we'll learn more about the duties of the support team. Now let's hear OM Administrative Director Heather Ray describe the duties of the pilots who will lead the birds by flying the 350-pound trikes.
NEWS FLASH! See what's up with #303 today. She's down, but not out.
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