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2002 Migration South: Wisconsin to Florida

Departure Photos - October 13, 2002
On Oct. 13, 2002 at 7:55am CST pilot and team leader, Joe Duff led sixteen juvenile cranes south from their summer home at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin. 

The marsh was alive with many other migrating birds, no doubt wondering about the mechanical birds, which had invaded their quiet morning.

A single crane decided to turn back so Richard van Heuvelen and Bill Lishman gave chase.
Seven of the cranes arrived at the first stopover. The others dropped out of the flight, short of the destination due to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions. By 1pm, all were gathered and reunited with their flock mates in the travel enclosure. Total distance covered: 21.6 miles.


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