Friday, July 16, 2010

Cranes to boats (Busy day)

Thursday started out more than early enough.

I was up at 4 a.m. and was in Burton Township by 5:30 a.m. to link up with several Ohio Division of Wildlife biologists. Their goal was to capture as many sandhill cranes as possible through the setting off of a cannon net. The effort didn't go as planned as one adult came to the feed station but stood on the wrong side of the net.

Even more embarrassing, four cranes fed through a soybean field across the street and where we had parked our vehicles. Adding insult to injury, the birds actually walked to within yards of the remaining car when the biologists had gone to fetch the equipment.

We'll try again in a couple of days and (hopefully) representatives of the exceedingly rare species to Ohio will come to call and be caught for banding and fitting of satellite radio transmitters.

From this episode I had to go into work and follow that up at 5 p.m. with a News-Herald Flipcam video of Mentor's Mark Hatt. Matt has been spending the past three years rebuilding from the hull up a 27-foot Baha Cruiser that he bought from a liquidator. It's a cool story and is set for Monday with the video now available for viewing on The News-Herald's video page/news.

Today it is off to Camp Perry to work on a story about the National Rifle and Pistol Matches.

My back with its recent major surgery isn't too happy with all of this running around but I can't sit still and the work keeps coming.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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