They Tried (+ 0 Miles )
November 25, 2008: Migration Day 40

Photo Operation Migration

What a morning! From Piatt County, IL, Liz announced: "Chris went up to test the air and radioed down that he thought we should give it a try. And try the guys did. The birds all came out of the pen like champs, but the air was so rough they couldn't 'stick' to the wing." A big crane rodeo took place, ending in a return to the pen. Disappointment!

Youngsters #10-08 (formerly 810) and DAR #37-08 with older cranes in Indiana!

Photo Eva Ssyszkoski

Eastern Flock On the Move:
Several of the flock's older Whooping cranes began and finished their migration in the past 7 days! Pair #311 and #312 have arrived on their wintering grounds in South Carolina, pair #213 and #218 (along with a third crane) are now on their wintering territory in Alabama, and possibly four Whooping cranes have already arrived in Florida. The others in the Eastern Migratory Population (EMP) are winging their way south. A group of eight eight cranes includes young DAR #37-08 and #10-08 (formerly #810, the crane removed from the ultralight cohort) along the border of southern Illinois and southern Indiana. Experts believe only one Whooping crane, #506, is in Wisconsin.

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Questions:
    (a) Based on what happened, what feelings and thoughts do you thinkt the pilots had during this morning's flight?
  • (b-for-bonus) Why is it possible for the wild Whooping cranes to complete their migration in a week while the ultralight-led cranes take many weeks? (For help:Why Such Short Daily Flights?)

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