Week 2: No Gains (Total Gone: 19 Miles)
Rain or south winds keep them grounded 9 days (and counting) at Stopover #2 in Marquette County, Wisconsin. They attempted a flight Oct. 16 to reach Stopver #3, but it ended back at Stopver #2 when the seven birds met up with trashy air soon after takeoff and turned back. The good news came when pilot Richard later confirmed that "Peanut," crane #4-14, was the bird second closest to the wingtip (photo below). The cohort's only male, Peanut is still regaining endurance after a leg injury in September.
See updated bio pages to discover your favorite crane's performance on each fly-day of migration. Until our next weekly summary on October 27, find daily updates at Operation Migration's website. See live action on Operation Migration's crane cam and flight cam channels.
Journey North is presented by Annenberg Learner.