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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:41 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote



Whooping crane colt #2-15 disrupting the flight formation. OM photo


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January 13, 2016    Wenzday
 
Hayneville in Lowndes Cty, Alabama  temp 26
Joe took off with the colts - but #2 was a problem so they crated her again,
and the other 5 birds flew to Troy in Pike county.
9.15 am  birds landed
Only 4 more stops to St Marks - and one might be skipt.
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField


Lead Pilot Report
Jan. 13, 2016  Joe Duff
This morning the surface air was dead calm and the birds followed like troopers for a while, but then #2-15 started her tricks.

#1 was soaring along and setting a fine example when #2 dropped on her and an aerial dog-fight ensued.
#2 took the others and peeled off and left me, #1 stayed with me.
That rodeo continued for 27 minutes. Then Brooke suggested landing back at the site to put #2 in the pen.

Once 2-15 was in the pen, I launched again, but the birds did not go. They stood there watching me.  Finally they launched on their own and Brooke picked them up and they followed in a perfect line. The absence of one bird made all the difference.
Brooke climbed to 1500 feet and picked up a slight tailwind.

Including the rodeo, the flight took 2 hours. The next site was an hour and 20 minutes away.
We will also box #2 next flight.
(I cut out a LOT!  Click link for details.  Joe musta been taking writing lessons from Brooke.)
http://operationmigration.org/InT...16/01/13/day-96-lead-pilot-report
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField


I took screen pics in Haynevile, there was a rodeo before they crated #2.
The monster blows an air horn to scare birds away from pen so they'll follow trike




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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DELAY
January 19, 2016    Toozday
Decatur Georgia in Clay County
No flight til Sonday, pilot Joe Duff
 
Crew concerned about upcoming WCEP meetings.  Joe Duff, Heather, Jo-Anne, and Jeff and I attend these pivotal meetings.  So we won’t be flying until we are back Saturday. We’ll be ready to go again Sunday, January 24th.  The team felt that because we have worked so closely for so many years, we needed to be together at the end of what may very well be the last aircraft-led migration.
http://operationmigration.org/InT...6/01/19/standing-down-till-sunday
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whooping Crane Group To Take Up USFWS Proposals
including Phase-Out of Aircraft

Elimination of Ultralight Aircrafts
January 19, 2016
-  The future of the whooping crane reintroduction project will be discussed at meetings in Wisconsin this week, with the possible end of migrations led by ultralight aircraft among the items on the table.

In 2015 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife recommended the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership switch to exclusively using adult cranes to lead younger birds on southerly migrations each fall. Currently, the partnership relies on a mix of crane-led migrations, and ones led by costumed pilots flying the ultralight craft.  

The agency wants to move toward less-artificial methods to maintain a self-sustaining population without artificially keeping them going.  Operation Migration, which includes ultralight pilots, opposes the potential change.
http://www.wpr.org/whooping-crane...sals-including-phase-out-aircraft

OM is at these meetings
http://operationmigration.org/InT...6/01/19/standing-down-till-sunday

Terrorists are invading America in hoards
Drought in USA is a disaster for millions
Lawlessness rules in the land
We are in far too much trouble to fret over a few birds - however beautiful and elegant.  Man's hand is all over whooping cranes, and they are too protected to defend from predators.  My words will NOT be well received with the bird folk, but I love birds and animals!  But its mankind - humans - whom GOD created in His own image.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

January 23, 2016
No more aircraft guided migration
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


PHOTO by Cindy Hayes


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January 24, 2016    Sonday
  shepnotes
Flew away from Decatur Georgia in Clay County

7.20 am  They're off behind Brooke, Rich is chase
Wicked mod kept deleting my posts in the chatroom
mod in chatroom said they boxed #2 and flew the other 5 birds


January 24, 2016
Location:  Decatur County, GA

Pilot Brooke Pennypacker led the birds this morning with Richard van Heuvelen flying in the chase position.
It took some wrangling to get them to form up on the wing of the aircraft but after about 20 minutes they seemed to fall into line.
Brooke will write his lead pilot report later.
http://operationmigration.org/InT...6/01/24/day-103-successful-flight
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




FLORIDA!   ALMOST HOME!
January 30, 2016  Pilot Richard van Heuvelen led all 6 Whooping cranes to Leon County, Florida. Cranes spend their winter at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County, FL.
Enjoy a couple of images captured by Cindy Hayes in Decatur County, GA
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2016/01/30/day-108-florida
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField

FLORIDA!!!
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2016/01/30/day-108-florida

Lead Pilot Report
Today, I had the opportunity to lead Whooping cranes for the very last time. As the birds glided along off my left wing, I began to think of a lot of things that have happened over the 25 years I have been involved in bird migration.  - Richard
http://operationmigration.org/InT...01/30/dedicated-lead-pilot-report
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField

Whooping Crane Flight Delayed
http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines...ane-Flight-Delayed-367142311.html



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


Get ready ... set ..........


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February 6, 2016  Sataday
   
With no decent weather in the forseeable future and not wanting to delay the migration any longer, we?re going to crate the young Whooping cranes the remaining distance.
Not ideal but best under the circumstances?
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2016/02/06/no-go-3
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField


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Many pictures of the release of the cranes.
Good photos
http://operationmigration.org/InT...7/st-marks-arrival-photo-round-up


GO!
OM photos
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great MAP!
Northward Migration Progress
April 5, 2016
-  Our group of 5 young Whooping cranes continued north to Gibson County, Indiana.  The lone female #2-15 appears to have stayed put in Jasper County, Indiana.
http://operationmigration.org/InT...4/05/northward-migration-progress


Smile   9-13 crossed Rainbow Bridge
April 5, 2016
 -  The remains of male Whooping crane 9-13 have been found.
He had been killed in Marquette County in November 2015.
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/2016/04/05/some-sad-news
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hurricane Hermine hits Florida
Sep 2, 2016  Panhandle
 -  Category 1 Hurricane Hermine 80 mph winds made landfall near St. Marks, Big Bend.  Evacuations are underway and a state of emergency has been declared in 51 counties across Florida.  Tallahassee hadnt been hit by a hurricane since Kate in 1985.  Hermine is moving northeast at 14 mph toward Georgia, the Carolinas and up the East Coast.

Storm is flooding streets, toppling trees and knocking down power lines.  The storm struck where the Florida peninsula meets the panhandle. Power was out for 32,000 customers in Tallahassee.  6,000 National Guard are ready to mobilize after the storm passes. The governors of Georgia and North Carolina declared states of emergency.
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about3350.html


I hope the whooping cranes at St Marks are ok!
I forgot - the cranes are in Wisconsin in the summer!
http://operationmigration.org/InTheField


Whooping Cranes, Operation Migration
http://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?topic=2047.330

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