Those of you whom have followed our work over the years have no doubt heard us mention Lou and Linda Cambier.
These two incredible people were our Winnebago County, IL migration hosts for a number of years and opened their home and their hearts for countless days each year. They provided meals and camaraderie for the crew and a safe and secure location for dozens of Whooping cranes over the years.
Lou is a pilot and is the one that flew from his home in Illinois to Kentucky in the spring of 2015 so that Joe and I could get a higher vantage point from which to locate Whooping cranes 3-14 and 4-14 and ultimately return them both to White River Marsh, where they still both spend their spring through fall seasons.
This past spring Lou has been checking on yearling parent reared whooping crane number 31-16 who it seems has decided to short stop in Stephenson County, IL. As time permits, Lou flies or drives approximately 30 miles round trip to try to get eyes on this young crane.
Number 31-16 also has a GSM remote tracking device so we get hits on him as well and on Sunday, we received data telling us that he was in Lou and Linda’s field – right beside their landing strip!
It seems he stayed for roughly 5 hours foraging in a low, wet spot.
I emailed the following screengrab to Lou and asked if he had given the young crane a lift home the last time he had checked on him…