No sooner had Brooke and Colleen swallowed a much needed swig of hot coffee Tuesday morning when the three whooping cranes they had just released at Goose Pond took off.
Numbers 1, 2 & 8-17 were heading south according to the GSM device worn by #2-17. A quick scan of beeps from VHF transmitters at Goose Pond revealed cranes 1-17 and 8-17 were with her.
Yesterday we received no hits from #2’s remote tracking device and if Colleen hadn’t been in the van heading north to Wisconsin, she likely would have curled up in the fetal position in frustration of not knowing where they were.
First thing this morning an email arrived from #2-17 (I love it when they send postcards to us!). It indicates she – and very likely cranes 1-17 and 8-17 – are now some 230 miles southwest and in Decatur County, Tennessee!
At least they know how to get back to Goose Pond when they do decide to reverse course…