HELLO Illinois! (+34 Miles)
October 19, 2010: Migration Day 10

It's exciting news again today! The third day in a row of great weather brought them into Illinois and 34 miles farther on the 1,285-mile journey south. (Yesterday's 47 miles was thanks to skipping a stop in such good flight conditions. That was the longest flight yet for the birds.) They were raring to go again today, and gave the pilots no trouble. Do you see the lead bird in the photo above, trying to pull ahead of the aircraft? One hour after takeoff they landed at Winnebago County, Illinois. Six birds landed with pilot Richard and four birds landed with pilot Joe. Male #2-10's wing wasn't up to the flight, so he was crated for transport by road in the team's van. The Class of 2010 is off to a great start!

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

  • (a) Each migration is very different from the others before it. Click here to compare today with the day they entered Illinois in the 2008 migration. Fill in the blank: "In 2008 the birds entered Illinois on ___(date), which was Day ___ of the migration. This year they entered Illinois on ___(date), which was Day ___." (b-for-bonus) View this video of a migration takeoff and see how you do with the questions. (Viewing guide includes a link so you can compare your responses.)
  • Keeping Records: Use the Data link if you are mapping, and add today's distance to the chart. Now what's the total for miles flown?

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