At 2:45pm yesterday and after a flight aboard a private jet, which took off at 9:30am from Baltimore, Maryland, the seven young Whooping cranes that comprise the Class of 2014 were released from their individual crates in the enclosure at the White River Marsh training facility.
First out was number 10-14. When Richard van Heuvelen opened the crate door, she at first stayed inside, looking out at her new surroundings. While she was getting her bearings, Richard has the second and third crate opened.
One-by-one they all tentatively stepped out into the bright sunlight, looking great after their long trip to Wisconsin.
As always our sincerest gratitude goes out to Windway Capital and their wonderful pilot Mike Frakes and his friend Jose Figueroa and to Dr. Jennifer Hausmann, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Zoo Medicine Resident and Ashley Krisp, ICF Veterinary Student Research Intern.
Also on hand for the move was Doug Pellerin and Tom Schultz who always lend an experienced helping hand when we need them. Thank you boys…
Here are some photos captured yesterday.