Monarch Butterfly  Migration

Go, Cranes! (+18.1 Miles)
October 10, 2006: Migration Day 6

They're OFF!
After being stuck at Stopover #1 for 4 days, the birds were able to take to the air this morning! They flew to stopover #2—another 18 miles farther into Juneau County, WI. Joe led 16 birds and Brooke led two (604 and 606). When #618 dropped out of Joe's lineup, Chris scooped him up. Find out what happened to #618—and how he became the first bird to be boxed and driven part of the distance to Stopover #2.

They flew at an altitude of 600 feet and—hooraymade it over the interstate highway with no problem. The ultralights and birds flew into headwinds of 6 mph today. (Hear Joe explain headwinds and tailwinds.)

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Question: Look back to read about the very first flock of ultralight-led chicks trying to cross the interstate in 2001. So far, how many reasons have you learned for migration delays? List them, with other reasons you predict might happen ahead.
  • Record Keeping: Have you updated your migration comparison chart? You might want to add NOTES about the day's events.
  • The Migration in Motion
    This year's migration adventures are being featured on a special page on National Geographic's web site (click here).
  • Gas Money for the Cranes? Read how one classroom is trying to help! (Many more have followed their great example!)

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

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