Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane

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November 29, 2005
Migration Day 47

Compare actual sizes of the whoopers at various life stages. This adult is 5'5" tall. How would your height compare to an adult whooping crane?

Changing Winds: Take-off Tomorrow?
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At Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, the team is still waiting for headwinds to calm. Tonight the winds are expected to shift around and start blowing from the north. The team has all fingers crossed that the shift will be a nice easy tail wind. That means not too strong or choppy. Their progress remains at 692.1 statute miles.

What is the rest of the Eastern (reintroduced) flock up to? The last whooping cranes remaining in Wisconsin began migration on Nov. 24.
By the end of last week, all 11 yearlings were in Florida, 3 DAR juveniles were in Tennessee and 1 DAR juvenile was in Kentucky. The rest of the adult whooping cranes were spread out along the migration route. Their life story pages have the details as soon as we hear them.

See the Whoopers and Ultralights! If the birds leave tomorrow, the public can watch them go! Be there at sunrise. Get directions here, or at the Operation Migration web site.

Track the Migration

Use our map or make your own with this migration data.

(Click map to enlarge.)

Keep a Migration Journal

Today's Question: The journey has been long, with many delays. Do you think this will affect how the young cranes remember the migration route? Explain.

• Migration Math: How many stops does the migration normally make in Tennessee? In the past 4 migrations, what’s the average amount of time spent in Tennessee? In other states? (See chart prepared by Operation Migration.)

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

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