Crossing into KENTUCKY!
cranes and planes made it to Oldham County, Kentucky--but not without
difficulties and a L O N G day of hard work. Crane #402 dropped out
about 5 miles from the destination, and pilots arrived at the stopover
with thirteen cranes. (See photo.) Mark and Tatiana couldn't get
where it was last seen, so no one knew where to track the missing bird.
The team called upon Sara Zimorski and Windway pilot Mike Frakes, who
KY, watching cranes #310 and 313 (last year's ultra-cranes). Flying
to the rescue, Sara and Mike picked up a signal on #402 six miles south
and 11 miles from where the pilots lost sight of
him. The lone bird then turned and headed northeast. He almost entered
Cincinnati airspace before heading southwest and then eventually southeast.
hours and 22 minutes later, #402 finally landed to roost north
KY. Mark and Tatiana retrieved him there--with gratitude to the Windway/ICF
tracking team for all their help!
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