No Go. Weather Woes in Illinois (+0 Miles)
November 25, 2009: Migration Day 41

Wild cranes migrate on days when the weather is right.
Photo: BillGausman

Wet and windy conditions mean Down-Day #4 in Livingston County, Illinois. The woeful outlook is more of the same. Back in Wisconsin, as many as 18 members of the eastern migratory Whooping crane population have begun migration. Ten of them left November 15, taking advantage of the clear sky and light north winds to help push them south. Wisconsin weather has not been favorable for migration and it seems no morel whoopers have headed south. They need good migration weather, too!

CraneCam is live each day from about 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. TrikeCam is live durng migration flights.

In the Classroom

  • (a) In today's photo, what two kids of cranes do you see? What are some differences between them? More. (b-for-bonus) Five of the older whoopers that left from three different places in Wisconsin all landed together at the same spot in Winnebago County, Illinois on their journey south. ICF's Sara Zimorski received a photo that confirmed this surprising news. What does it make you wonder? What does it tell you about cranes learning their migration route?

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