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2002 Migration South: Wisconsin to Florida

Preparing to head south...

Photos taken Oct. 8 - 10, 2002
This mechanical flock will guide the juvenile cranes south, beginning from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin and continuing over Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and partway through Florida to the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge near Crystal River. Three Cosmos Phase II trikes have been added this year to replace aging aircraft purchased in 1995 for the Columbia Pictures film Fly Away Home. We would like to thank the Charlotte & Walter Kohler Charitable Trust Fund for the new trike that Joe will fly; the Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways to Nature Fund and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for Richard van Heuvelen's aircraft; and Phillips 66 and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for the new trike that Brooke Pennypacker will fly. Bill Lishman will pilot his own Cosmos trike, which is identical with the exception of a smaller, faster wing and Deke Clark's aircraft (right of photo) will also be along in case we need to substitute an aircraft for mechanical reasons.
Richard suits up, ready for a training flight. 

Buckets, feeders, foot bath pans, etc. are all washed, disinfected and hung to dry before being packed in the away pen trailers. All are camouflaged to make them appear less human.

The Ford F350 purchased for the project by the Darden Restaurants Environmental Trust Fund and arranged by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. This vehicle will haul the 32ft. aircraft trailer, which was funded by Phillips 66 and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. 

Kelly Maguire from the International Crane Foundation begins the tedious task of sewing together a top net for one of the travel pens.


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