15 and 16, 2003
Weekend Weather...But This Project Rocks!
The cranes 'n planes are still at their final Kentucky stopover site: Adair County. Rain and fog have stalled the migration all weekend. Even so, we have some exciting news! By November 13, all 20 of the 2001 and 2002 cranes were gone, catching up quickly with this year's chicks. A group of eight (last year's birds #5, #8, #9, #11, #12, #16 and #17, plus #2 from 2001), left Necedah and reached Indiana in one day. Also in S. Indiana is a separate group of three: #5 from 2001 and #4 and #18 from 2002. But two females were far in the lead ahead of them all. Late Saturday (Nov. 15), the ICF/FWS tracking team confirmed that females #3 and #15 (2002 birds) arrived in Citrus Country, Florida! These two awesome females are the "wandering birds" that spent part of the summer in South Dakota. They started south from Allamakee County, Iowa on November 8, completing their return to Florida in just seven days. Crane #1 (2001) was also reported back in Florida after arriving in Levy County yesterday. In the words of USFWS Public Affairs Officer Chuck Underwood, "This project rocks!"
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