Changing of the Guard

Joe and I arrived in Johnson County, Illinois mid-morning yesterday after driving from Orlando. To say it was a long drive is an understatement.

First item on the agenda was to meet up with Doug and Mako Pellerin who showed us the lay of the land. First off to see where Brooke and Colleen had left the pen setup. Next over to check for a signal on 3-14. We got very strong signals and walked for miles through hip high grass, brambles and creeks. We crossed barbed wire fences and train tracks and never did get a visual on her.

Lou Cambier is flying flying his Cessna 185 down to meet us tomorrow and we’ll go up with him to scout for signals on both 3-14 and 4-14. We’ll have the best possible vantage point up high, which will allow us to pinpoint their locations. Doug and Mako had very strong signals on Peanut Sunday morning so we have a good idea of where he is.

The Pellerin’s head home tomorrow morning and we cannot thank them enough for giving up 5 days to come down and monitor the two wayward whoopers. We have the very best volunteers – hands down!

We’ll keep you posted as time allows but please be patient. The birds are our first priority. Thank you for understanding.

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  1. vannie Zychowicz May 12, 2015 8:48 pm

    You’s are doing a vantasit job bring the young whooper cranes back to white marsh yes Doug is a big help he would let us know what Brook was doing down that ST Marks with the young whooper cranes And when he was looking for one of the didn’t come back to the pin that night then found her done A big thinks for all your hard work


  2. Margie Tomlinson May 12, 2015 4:18 pm

    Such dedicated people at OM! Thank you all, and best of luck to all involved, especially in the search for our “wayward Whoopers”. Love that Peanut! 🙂

  3. Russell Allison May 12, 2015 1:38 pm

    What a dedicated group of people. I am proud to have met some of you. I hope the end of the operation ,years from now , gives you folks the credit you deserve. Go Whoopers.

  4. CrinksMom May 12, 2015 1:25 pm

    What some semi-crazy people will do for the love of “white birds”. (I’m certain it can’t be for the money!!!)

    We, who love them, too, thank you all so very much.

    Praying that your efforts culminate in a successful and safe return to Wisconsin.

  5. ffmn May 12, 2015 10:44 am

    Oh my….just shook my head reading this. You all have to go through sooo much under the banner of Operation Migration. Takes special people to do what you all do. If the cranes only knew what you all are doing for them. Thanks to all~~~

  6. Mollie Cook May 12, 2015 9:27 am

    So excited that you are there & have gotten strong signals on both. Look forward to updates but YES, the babies are your 1st priority. Be safe…………

  7. Carol Craig May 12, 2015 7:41 am

    You guys are awesome – I lived in Johnson County for years wish I was there to help you now. We are all with you in spirit good luck with the hunt.

  8. Shepherd May 12, 2015 7:30 am

    This is the 2nd time I’ve posted this link – but its the 2nd time OM has reported running thru the briars and thru the brambles where a rabbit would go – so

  9. Patricia Ewing May 12, 2015 7:26 am

    OM is the best– thank you Heather for this update..

  10. Lindi Allen May 12, 2015 6:42 am

    understood, hope you find them well and get them where they are supposed to be without problems.

  11. Kay May 12, 2015 5:19 am

    No problem, Heather. It’s about 5 am around here, which means you’ve not only driven those 15+ hours and have coped with more brambles and creeks than most of us have stumbled through recently, but you’re up before the sun and ready to go.

    You have my admiration. Such feelings are extended to the Pellerin’s, Joe, Brooke, Colleen, Jo, Richard, and all the other folks who are proud to be called “craniacs.”