Monarch Butterfly  Migration

Almost a Departure (+0 Miles)
October 19, 2006: Migration Day 15


It Looked Good. . .BUT
This morning the winds were favorable. The team felt sure they could pas the ridge ahead, but first they chose to wait out a band of showers moving in. The ground crew stood by at the travel pen. The pilots waited with their ultralights. The drizzle passed and weather turned favorable. Then Brooke took wing to check out conditions aloft again. Alas, he found the air too bumpy to risk a take-off with the birds. The cloud ceiling had lowered to the point where it wouldn't be possible to clear the ridge in front of them. And to nail the decision, the wind and rain had now reached the next Stopover site. So, it's another day at Stopover #3 in Sauk County, WI. "This is starting to get scary," said project leader Joe Duff.

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Question: Check this map. Write a statement that tells when (at what number of miles) the migration enters the next state. Name the next state. How many miles must the birds travel before they cross the border? What's your prediction on when this will happen?
  • Migration History: They've flown only 3 days of the first 15 days. Is this a record? Look at Operation Migration's graphs or chart to see how they've fared up to Day 15 in previous ultralight-led migrations.

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

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