They’re Outa There!

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…

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12 Comments

  1. Craniac Mary December 30, 2017 2:40 pm

    !!! Well phoooo (she says selfishly)! They were supposed to stay put long enough for me to drive down to GP when I got back from WA State Dec. 28. Oh well ~ safe journeys and safe stays are what matter. Thanks OM team for all your good care.

    • Heather Ray December 30, 2017 3:48 pm

      Mary at last word there are still 20 adult whoopers at Goose Pond.

  2. FFMN December 16, 2017 1:42 pm

    I find it amazing how FAR they are able to fly on their own in one day without the ultralight guidance)

  3. Catherine Wohlfeil December 15, 2017 9:10 pm

    Maybe it’s a newly formed collective unconscious or “learned instinct” in the developing EMP that in order to head south you need to wait for and follow the large winged yellow bird (ultralight). If so, it may be time to consider giving them that lead next year.

  4. aintthatamerica December 15, 2017 3:09 am

    What are the chances they had Sandhills leading them? Otherwise, how would they suddenly head south if you had to truck them before?

  5. Catherine Wohlfeil December 14, 2017 8:24 pm

    Maybe Henry handed them a map before he left! It looks like they’re merging with Deke’s Way! : )

  6. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd December 14, 2017 6:15 pm

    YEAH ! Gotta love it when the kids phone home ! Not sure what the crane equivalent is, so wishing them Fair Winds and Following Seas.
    Smooth roads and no traffic hassles wished for the OM peeps heading home for the holidays…. or following cranes South.

  7. Maggie December 14, 2017 3:25 pm

    What an early Christmas gift that is to us Crane followers. Just needed the extra attention from the OM crew. They must have read your minds and said to themselves—-” we better get moving”.!!!!

  8. Linda Miller December 14, 2017 1:59 pm

    ????safe travels through Tennessee or stay having a Tennessee Christmas ? my favorite time of year Love these whoppers family may
    See them & post pic’s I hope ?? so

  9. Cheryl N. December 14, 2017 12:23 pm

    Safe journey, ‘little’ peepers. We are all with you in spirit.

  10. Marje Lloyd December 14, 2017 11:57 am

    How amazing, needed to be out of their comfort Zone. Hope Colls empty nest syndrome isnt to bad.

  11. Anna M Osborn December 14, 2017 11:54 am

    Great news. Pray for safe flights for all… Thanks.