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Countdown to Migration: October 7, 2005

Chick Chat: Ready for Migration?
With departure just days away, how does Team Leader Joe Duff feel about flying with a record flock of 20 chicks? “I’m scared!” he said with a hearty laugh.

Kidding aside, the team isn’t worried about the birds’ endurance. They ARE worried about the birds turning back early in the flight. Like many youngsters, the chicks are afraid to leave home the first time.
What will happen? We'll know next week!

Photo Heather Ray

Meet the Pilots: Crane Quiz #5
Just one question today:

How many kids in the world can say “My dad flies with the cranes”? To answer the question, meet the four lead and chase plane pilots for this year's migration:

This Week's Booklet: "Countdown to Migration"
October 10 is the target date for departure! The cranes just show up and fly, but the crew has lots to do! What’s on their job list right now? And what makes the “sweet spot” so important to the birds in flight? Find answers in the fourth kids’ booklet in our series of six. The booklets come in .pdf format, ready to print, fold, and enjoy. You'll also find links to the Teacher Guide (with lesson links) and a booklet slide-show format to view on the Web:

Try This: Prepare Migration Journals!

When the cranes take off next week, start a journal! See our daily maps and updates. Then use your own words to write migration headlines and highlights using our print-and-go template pages.

Journal Cover

Journal Page

Migration Begins Next Week! What to Expect
When migration begins, E-mail Summaries are posted to registered participants on FRIDAYS: Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25. . .or until this year's newest Eastern whooping crane chicks reach their winter home in Florida! The Friday E-mails list and summarize the brief daily Updates (complete with latest maps, facts, photos, and journaling questions) that were posted on the Web during the week.
Don't miss a day of this wonderful adventure!

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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