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November 14, 2008: Migration Day 29

Why do they wear these costumes? Hear Heather explain.>>
Photo Operation Migration

By sunrise, the crew was studying aviation weather Web sites. Could they fly today? It was a tough call, but here's what they faced: Today's humid air would make breathing difficult for the birds as they did the exercise of flapping their wings. The air aloft could be trashy (the pilots' word for rough, bumpy air), making it harder to fly and risky for the cranes nearest the plane. They could also be flying into light rain and sideways winds at their LaSalle County destination, too. What would YOUR decision be?

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Questions:
    (a) What's the reason why no one goes near these cranes without wearing the costume and helmet? Compare your answer with what ground-crew member Heather tells us. Hear Heather >>
  • (b-for-bonus) Why are these Whooping crane chicks being led south by ultralight airplanes and people wearing costumes? In your explanation, try to use these words: endangered, captive-bred, reintroduced. (Find help and facts by clicking on "Resources" on the navigation bar at the top of this page.)


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