|Date: December 11, 2014||Migration Day: 63
|Dist. Traveled: 28 miles
||Total Dist. 1100 miles
|Location: St. Marks NWR, Wakulla County, Florida|
And so ends another southward, aircraft-guided Whooping crane migration. Our 14th successful journey guiding young-of-year Whooping cranes from Wisconsin to Florida. They trusted us. We had faith in them. We got it done and very soon, once they undergo their final health check and permanent legbands and transmitters they can be truly wild cranes… Wary of people and all things ‘human.’
This morning after a flight lasting 50 minutes, our seven 7 month old Whooping cranes touched down for the first time on their new winter home when Colleen Chase and I called them down. They seemed a bit reluctant to leave the aircraft guides that safely led them here. Cutting the ties is the first step to freedom.
We need to thank the entire Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership for their support and encouragement but especially the staff and volunteers of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge for their determination and work ethic to do whatever needs to be done to get the pensite ready and to welcome these incredible cranes to their new winter home.
And finally, you, our supporters – your encouragement and unwavering support is what makes this possible. Thank you!
Stay safe our seven feathered friends… Free and wild. Live long… multiply!