Parent-reared Whooping crane #72-17 was released in early October in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. For a few weeks, he was monitored by Jo-Anne Bellemer as he moved about the area with a small group of Sandhill cranes.
This fella gets high marks for traveling the farthest last fall. Four days after leaving Wisconsin, he appeared in Okeechobee County, FL, some 1300 miles to the south.
He began heading north on April 2nd and everything was going great until 4 days later when he appeared to make a right turn over northern Kentucky, instead of staying on his trajectory.
Thereafter, #72-17 encountered the south shore of Lake Erie before doubling back and then veering north into Michigan. oops!