For the second time in a week, we owe huge thanks to the banding team of Richard Urbanek, Marianne Doyle, Hillary Thompson, Dr. Glenn Olsen and Brooke Pennypacker.
And – for the second time, nobody got pooped on!
Everyone gathered at the White River Marsh pen site this morning at 8:30. The first crane, number 6-17 was in hand at 9 am sharp and the last bird, number 4-17 was placed back in the pen at 10:50 am.
Not a bad total time at all to band seven Whooping cranes that would rather be doing anything but being held across someones lap with their behinds held up in the air while someone glues pretty plastic bands on their legs.
So now all of the Costume-Reared cranes have their permanent legbands, VHF radios and three of them have remote GSM devices. They are females: 2-17, 6-17 and 7-17.