A Narrow Escape but Still Down (+ 0 Miles)
January 7, 2009: Migration Day 72

Ms. Harrison's second graders raised BIG money for Operation Migration. She said, "They were determined to beat the amount we raised last year ($568.84) and they did! The grand total raised by the second graders of Room 309 was (drum roll) $1145.03!"
Photo Lisa Harrison, University of Chicago Lab Schools

Whew! Yesterday's wild weather tamed down and the temperature cooled off. Still, it's windy on the ground and windier aloft. "It could be at least one more day before we will be able to make our escape from Chilton County, Alabama," reports Liz.

Yesterday Chilton County was on the "Tornado Watch" list and it was mighty windy in the team's camp. A neighbor up the road invited the team to his basement, but what about the birds? If a tornado were imminent the team had two choices: (1) release the birds to fend for themselves, or (2) leave them inside a pen that could collapse and trap them all in the wild storm. We are glad they didn't have to make that choice!

In the Classroom:

  • Today's Journal Questions:
    (a) What would you do if you knew a
    tornadoes, which could collapse the travel pen that the birds are in, was coming? What would you do to keep yourself safe if a violent storm was coming your way?
  • (b-for-bonus) It has happened! Which two are the first cranes from the Class of 2008 to complete their migration to Florida? HINT: You know it's not the 14 ultrealigh-led cranes. What other cranes are in the Class of 2008? See the Class of 2008's page and check for the latest news on each crane that's not with the Team in Alabama.

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