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October 17, 2007: Migration Day 5

Whooping cranes like to eat corn stubble. It's good fuel for migration!
Photo Dan Thompson

Humidity and the winds straight out of the south make this no-fly day #4. The birds are safe in a protected spot in a small field. Meanwhile, the migration of their wild cousins in the main flock (Western flock) is in full swing. So far, 3 of the flock have crossed from Canada into the U.S. on their 2,600-mile migration to Texas. Enjoy today's journal question!

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Question:
    (a) Why are winds "straight out of the south" bad news for this migration?
    (b-for-bonus) Joe has said, "We attempt to lead our birds on their first migration at the height of the one season known for its inclement weather. Even the wild birds delay their departure until winter has almost begun." How do you explain the timing for each flock's migration?


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