Date: December 31, 2013 Migration Day: 91
Dist. Traveled: 43 miles
Total Dist. 1073 miles
Location: Leon County, FLORIDA!

Today’s lead pilot Brooke Pennypacker had a rather uneventful 43 mile flight from Decatur County, GA to our Leon County, FL stopover this morning. Hopefully, he’ll have some additional details to share in his lead pilot report a bit later today but all eight Whooping cranes flew the entire distance and no swamp monsters were required to convince them to leave their travel enclosure.

The finish line is in site! Only 28 miles to go and we’re hoping the weather tomorrow allows us to deliver some Whooping cranes to the St. Marks NWR to kick of 2014!

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  1. Nancy Hanson January 1, 2014 2:10 pm

    You bring joy to my heart. Sorry we have such wet weather to welcome you to Florida. Thank you for your dedication and love of nature. May God continue to hold you in his hand. Have a safe trip home.

  2. ann hudson December 31, 2013 8:19 pm

    What happened to splitting the numbers into 2 distinct groups to keep a freak thing from eliminating all of them???


    • Heather Ray December 31, 2013 9:12 pm

      Ann, if we had more birds we would still do that.

  3. dana December 31, 2013 3:49 pm

    Good Luck and thanks for the memories! This has been an encouraging experience seeing such dedicated people do such meaningful labors of love. Will be savings my pennies (and nickles, dimes and more) for future contribution. d

  4. Peter Smith December 31, 2013 2:22 pm

    The finish line is in sight! What an incredible job your team has done this migration!! Time for all of us to make one more donation for the year today. Thank you, OM team, for this incredible trip.

  5. Madeline December 31, 2013 2:04 pm

    Hooray for uneventful! Well done OM team! Thanks for all you’ve done!

  6. AJ McCleary December 31, 2013 1:25 pm

    Welcome to Florida! Congratulations!! Looked like they were ready to fly this morning. Fingers crossed the weather holds up for arrival in St. Marks tomorrow so I can be there!

  7. bikebrains December 31, 2013 1:22 pm

    I use weather site: http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Weather.aspx?location=USFL0437 . Intellicast forecasts rain for Jan. 01-02, sunny on Jan 03.

  8. Lori opper December 31, 2013 12:19 pm

    I am so glad to hear the News!! We were at st.Marks yesterday. I have been watching your updates. See you tomorrow at st.Marks!!! I have Never seen or Photographed a Whooping Crane!! Very Excited to get there tomorrow!!!!!! from,Lori’s Outdoor Photography I Commend You guys on an Awesome job!!!!!!!! Thank You Very Much takes Special people to do What you have done. I Love Wildlife!!!

  9. Katherine A. Kadolph December 31, 2013 12:13 pm

    God speed Whoopers and foster parents. Enjoy the FL weather.


  10. Dave Sapko December 31, 2013 12:03 pm

    Congrats on finally arriving in Florida. Hopefully the eight new part-time Fla residents will have long, happy lives and remember the way back to Wisconsin in the Spring!

  11. Marje Lloyd December 31, 2013 11:51 am

    Job well done operation migration,

  12. Jayne Gulbrand December 31, 2013 11:43 am