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November 17, 2002
Day 36

Weekend Weather Stalls Migration

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Photo OM, WCEP

The team reached Frentress County, Tennessee on day 33, where they've been grounded by poor flying weather for the third day in a row. (Yesterday, November 16, was also a no-fly day.) Headwinds, drizzle, and light snow have stranded them at the 622.2 mile mark--but everyone hopes that changes tomorrow! The team misses their families, who have been weeks without their moms and dads. Joe says, "Richard van Heuvelen has four daughters, Megan, Sara, Katie and Jessie, who miss their father while his wife Jane assumes the responsibility alone. Brooke Pennypacker has a son Devin who must be proud of his father but lonely in his absence. Heather has Chad, Lindsay and Chase all dealing with the challenges of being teens, supported by her husband Steve. My wife Diana tries to explain my absence to our daughter Alex. At three, she does not yet understand the significance of Whooping cranes but knows all too well that I am not there."

Meanwhile, some of the yearling cranes are on the move! At 2:30 this afternoon , last year's Crane #6 arrived at the Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in north Indiana, headed south. Whooping crane #7, the female that spent the summer alone in southeast Wisconsin, also has departed on her first unassisted southward migration. After returning faithfully each night to roost in the same location, she did not return on the evening of Friday, Nov. 15th. The tracking team is currently hot on the trail. They are glad to have the help of a small airplane, provided by the generosity of Windway Capitol Corp., to aid in finding the independent #7. Do you think these yearlings are going the same place as the 16 youngsters in this year's cohort?

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