October 21, 2001
From Operation Migration headquarters, Heather Ray reminds us, "Hunting season has begun. When I was on the phone with Joe yesterday morning, I kept hearing rifles in the distance. They dearly want to get the flock out of there."
Pilot Joe Duff's log said, "The total flight time was only 41 minutes, which in itself, is not cause for celebration but crossing the interstate was. It was an obstacle that held us up for three days and makes you wonder what other inhibitors we have unknowingly placed in the path of wild migratory birds."
As for whooper #4, the crew is trying another plan. They think #4 has a bad influence on #6. Each time Four
broke off from the group in flight, Six followed his lead! By trucking #4 to the next stop, the crew hopes to give
#6 the chance to experience a successful flight with the aircraft. Four's absence also allows the pilots to see
what Six does without Four's bad example.
Try This! Journaling Question
Even though they are members of an endangered species, the new Eastern flock is designated as a Nonessential Experimental Population (NEP) -- "experimental" because it will be isolated from other populations of the same species, and "nonessential" because they will not be esssential to the survival of the entire species. Under this designation, the reintroducEd whooping cranes will not receive full Endangered Species Act protection, which will allow greater management flexibility and also resolve some possible conflicts between people and whooping crane conservation.
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