Rain Prevents Flight (+0 Miles)
October 20, 2008: Migration Day 4

All in the travel pen on a rainy day.

Photo Heather Ray, Operation Migration

Fog and wind dashed flight plans over the weekend, and today (Monday) it's raining. Pilot Joe Duff's field journal reminds us that the first stop is only a short distance away in order to get the birds off the refuge and break a summer-long habit of circling the pen sites. But they remain there for the third day, just four miles into their journey.

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Question:
  • (a) Don't despair! They are going to be flying much longer distances. What's the farthest distance flown in a day on past migrations? (TIP: To find those numbers, click on migration stats for each of the past migrations in the top row of the chart on your migration comparison chart.)
    (b-for-bonus) While you are on the migration comparison chart, drawa chart in your journal to record the number of days of each of the ultralight-led migrations. What do you notice about the numbers? What is your prediction for 2008?
  • Record Keeping: Print the migration comparison chart. Then write the start date and three tally marks for the no-fly days. Each day you can record progress on this chart, just like the plots do.

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