The Class 2013 Whooping cranes and the migration team arrived in Leon County, Florida on New Year’s Eve. The next to last stop in the 1100 mile aircraft-guided migration.
Weather permitting, OM pilots Brooke Pennypacker and Richard van Heuvelen will lead them tomorrow morning, to their winter home on the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County. Joe Duff, Christine Barnes and yours truly will be at the crane pen to call the birds down.
Before landing at their release enclosure, the cranes will fly over San Marcos de Apalache Park in the town of St. Marks. Google Map.
Everyone is invited to join us to welcome the young cranes. Probable flyover time is 8:15 am but we suggest you plan to arrive by 7:45 am for best parking. The parking area is just west of downtown St. Marks. Don’t forget your camera!
Following the flyover the migration team will assemble at the park to address the crowd and answer any questions you might have so please stick around to welcome them after the 92 day journey it took to bring the cranes to St. Marks.
Be sure to tune into both CraneCam channels tomorrow morning! Richard will be streaming LIVE video from his aircraft (signal permitting) so you’ll be able to fly along with the cranes on their final aircraft-guided flight. Once Jo-Anne Bellemer arrives at the flyover location, she’ll be streaming to the ground channel, and once they’ve left the flyover area, I’ll be streaming from the winter release pen as the cranes touch down.
We hope you can join us!