October 17, 2003
On the Go!
Today the cranes followed the ultralight another 22.6 miles, for a total trip so far of 45.8 miles. It was cool and overcast, with a southwest headwind at 7 mph. The birds are now in Sauk County, Wisconsin. They left this morning at 7:37 and landed at 8:18.
Yesterday Heather Ray told us some good news about Crane #303. The veterinarians at the International Crane Foundation decided that she can be taken by truck to join the migrating birds. "Her condition has stabilized quite nicely to where her lameness is much less of a problem." She will be on "restricted activity for at least another 10 days to facilitate healing of the fracture in her right knee. She will be crated to each migration stopover point and allowed to socialize with the cohort daily. At that point, if her gait remains good, she could resume flying." What wonderful news!
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