THE SENSATIONAL SIX BECOMES FABULOUS FIVE Nov.25,2012 Craniac and Field Journal readers will know that when the 2012 migration began, there were six young ultralight-led Whooping cranes. That changed when 10-12 suffered a broken leg on landing in Piatt County, IL. Despite the best efforts of the great veterinary team at the Wildlife Veterinary Clinic in Urbana, she died on the operating table. It’s tough losing any one of our Whoopers, even after they’re released, but it’s even tougher when they are still in your care. When you’ve spent as much time with the chicks as many of our team has it’s next to impossible not to become ‘attached’ to the cohort if not individual birds. The loss of 10-12 hit hard, and you can be sure she wasn’t far from any of our thoughts as the remaining five gorgeous young cranes made their final sparkling public appearance in the brilliant blue sky over St. Marks. But wait. Were you at the flyover? Were you watching the TrikeCam? How many cranes did YOU see following the trike during the flyover. Take a look at the photo below captured at the Arrival Event by Craniac Jim Pinson. Now count again….Is that a trick of sunlight and shadow – – or – – is that the spirit of 10-12 forging ahead above the wing, urging her classmates on? Don’t be shy about Giving a WHOOP! not for the “Sensational Six”, but for the “Fabulous Five” soon to be added to the numbers of the Eastern Migratory Population.