November 22, 2002
Meanwhile, yearling cranes #1 and #2 finally left Wisconsin yesterday, with Richard tracking their signals headed south. Crane #5 was still in Wisconsin with a few hundred sandhills. Trackers Lara and Colleen manage to keep tabs on Cranes #6 and #7 with the help of the radio transmitters and a small airplane. Female #7 hasn't been heard from since Nov. 15, and they wonder if she got way ahead of them and might already be in Georgia. (Crane #7 is the crane who parted with the flock on the journey north last spring and has kept to herself ever since.) In hilly Tennessee, Lara found # 6 from the airplane last Saturday, a stone's throw from where this year's migration is now. Yesterday Crane #6 foraged with about 300 sandhill cranes on a river in eastern Tennessee. ICF's Jim Harris said, "We never expected to keep tabs on all five cranes with the airplane generously provided by the Windway Capital Corporation and just three trackers. But we wanted to keep track of some of the birds." They're doing a great job!
LATE-BREAKING NEWS FLASH! YEARLING FEMALE #7 IS IN HER OLD PEN IN FLORIDA!
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