Hooray! Crossing "The Beast"
It's a day
to celebrate! The cranes and planes conquered the high
Walden Ridge "Beast" (see
yesterday's report) today! It was the easiest
ridge crossing in the history of this reintroduction. From this year's
new stopover site, Joe
an air pick-up of all 14 cranes. Once across Walden's Ridge
("The Beast"), #419 dropped down and back a bit. Richard van Heuvelen
moved in to pick her up on the air currents of his wing. At 9:25 Eastern time,
they landed at Hiwassee State Wildlife Refuge in Meigs County, TN. The birds
accomplished today's big challenge in one hour and 15 minutes of flying, knocking
off 45 statute miles. Distance covered stands at 697.2 statute miles of the just-over-1200-mile
trip. Hiwassee met them with light fog, calm air, and lots of good marsh
water roosting. It's a terrific place to be!
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