Countdown to Migration: October 8, 2010

Today’s flight began as migration departure but turned into a training flight instead. The cranes and planes met strong winds aloft, and these inexperienced colts need near-perfect flying conditions to fly 23 miles to Stopover #1. Will tomorrow (target departure date plus 3 days) bring Migration Day 1?

Today's Report Includes:

Image of the Week

Why is calm air necessary?

Orientation & Welcome to New Participants

Latest Chick Chat: Almost a Go

What a week! The target departure date of Oct. 5 changed and the migration is still at the start line. Stopover #1 was changed from 4 miles away to 23 miles away because wet conditions made it too soggy for planes and pens. The Class of 2010 is down to eleven brave birds after the loss of #11 and #4. And today’s flight was a migration departure that turned into a training flight instead when the cranes and planes met strong winds aloft. These inexperienced colts need near-perfect flying conditions to fly the long distance of 23 miles to Stopover #1. The team hopes tomorrow (target departure date plus 3) will bring perfect conditions! Meanwhile, see Oct. 8 photo gallery for a glimpse of what's ahead!

October 8, 2010

Join Mile-a-Thon: Fitness and Fun
Can you and your friends beat the cranes to their migration finish line in Florida by walking the same distance of 1,285 miles? Can you go the distance before the cranes do? The Crane Class of 2010 and the folks at Operation Migration (who conduct the chicks' fall ultralight-led migration) challenge you to try! Each class or school completing the 1,285 miles will receive a Wildlife Hero Certificate, and each student participant will receive a special memento autographed by one of the migration team members. Find tips to get started, and more.
Countdown to Migration: Posted Fridays Bookmark the Whooping Crane Home Page

Weekly Summaries are posted (by email) to registered participants on FRIDAYS: Sep 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19 — or until this year's newest "ultra-chicks" reach their winter home in Florida!

Pre-migration: Each Friday before migration, a brief e-mail notice gives current newsy tidbits and announces a downloadable booklet for building background knowledge.
During migration: When migration begins (October 5 is revised target date), the Friday e-mails will summarize the DAILY Highlight Updates that were posted on the Web during the week. You'll want to go to the Web for the latest maps, facts, photos, and fun!

What's the story behind this human-assisted migration?
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Daily on the Web: October 9, 2010 — or when the migration begins!
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