On again: Whooping crane chicks may fly over Friday


Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.

DUNNELLON – If the weather cooperates, the five whooping crane chicks making their first-ever migration from Wisconsin will be flying over the Dunnellon-Marion Country Airport on Friday morning. If the weather is not suitable, the birds will not fly and will be grounded, again, in Gilchrist County, waiting for a good fly day.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday the weather forecast was favorable for a Friday takeoff. However, because it is not known if conditions are suitable for flying until the aircraft and birds attempt to take off, there could be a last-minute cancellation Friday morning.

Those who want to get a glimpse of the rare birds should be at the Dunnellon Airport located off County Road 484 at 15050 S.W. 11th Street in Dunnellon by 8:30 a.m.

To check the cranes' takeoff status, go to: www.operationmigration.org. Click “In the Field” on the left side of the page, keeping in mind there could be a cancellation at the last moment.

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