Windy: No Finish Today (+ 0 Miles)
January 16, 2009: Migration Day 81

Are we there yet?

Photo Operation Migration

The feeders and water bowls are clean. The vehicles and ultralights have all been washed and gassed up. Batteries in all the 2-way radios have been charged. Everything is in readiness except the winds. It's just too windy aloft to allow the St. Marks Seven to take their final flight with the ultralight. All 14 birds wait at the staging area in Jefferson County, FL — in the home stretch. Operation Migration has posted a map and directions, inviting everyone to welcome the St. Marks Seven as they arrive. We are on the edge of our seats! Will it be tomorrow?

In the Classroom:

  • Today's Journal Questions:
    (a ) Sometimes the team members visit classrooms on no-fly days. What questions would you ask if the pilot or ground crew came to your classroom?

    Photo Bev Paulan, Operation Migration


  • (b-for-bonus
    How did this whole project get started? Way back in 1997, Journey North printed a story about an early attempt to use an ultralight with whoopers. Then, in 2000, Operation Migration pilots, who pioneered the technique of using ultralights to lead birds on migration in the hopes of using it to help endangered species, paved the way for the migration you are reading about now. Read both stories (below). Then make a 3-column chart and see how many differences you can find between the migrations of 1997, 2000, and 2008. What important things have experts learned along the way?


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