Hello, ILLINOIS! (+34 Miles)
November 5, 2009: Migration Day 21

Join Chris in his TrikeCam and LOOK DOWN!
Photo captured from
Operation Migration TrikeCam Nov. 5, 8:22 a.m.CST

Airborne to Illinois! Above is a view from the TrikeCam mounted on Chris's aircraft. Do you see the birds following the ultralight below? Wa-HOO! With a great tailwind, all 20 crossed into Illinois behind Richard and Brooke. They landed at about 9:20 in Winnebago County, Illinois. (Those birds looked PROUD as they strutted on the grass landing strip!)

The next stop is LaSalle County, Illinois. A great celebration will be held after the birds land there. It marks Operation Migration's 10,000th mile flown in efforts to restore this endangered species to its former range in eastern North America.

Check out the TrikeCam mounted on Chris's wing. If you don't see live feed, you can review archived footage here. (CraneCam views of the birds in their pen will be available when they reach the next stopover.)


In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Questions: (a) As you watch this departure video (click on photo below), why does the trike wait? Why do you think "Swamp Monster" appears at the end? What's your favorite part?
    (b-for-bonus) Why do you hear another plane approach at the end of the video clip? Why do the chase planes wait to take off until the lead pilot and the birds are airborne? Try to think of two reasons.

    Discussion of questions

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