Changing Winds Not Quite Right (+0 Miles)
November 15, 2010: Migration Day 37

Photo: Trish Gallagher, Operation Migration
What do you hear as you play the video clip of the birds in the pen?

The birds will fly today, but only for exercise. Even though the winds aloft are from the north, the cranes and planes won't be taking off. "Getting upstairs with the birds against the strong ground wind just isn't a possibility," wrote Liz from camp with the team. Today will be Down Day #9 in Piatt County, IL. .

A Contest! You can help the team win a grant for $25,000 to continue helping the cranes! Visit the Pepsi Refresh Challenge website to vote for Operation Migration today. You can vote every day until Dec. 31.

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

(a) Trish hid the video camera in her costume sleeve to get the video you see above. Why was it necessary for her to hide the camera? What do you notice about the feathers and the voices of the birds? If they were born in May, how old are they now? How have YOU changed in the time since the birds were born?

Are you wondering how our reluctant flier,#2-10, performs on the exercise days? "
So far, his migration route looks like the four corners on his wooden crate," wrote Geoff. Scroll down on #2-10's bio page to see the latest news. Why does Geoff say the team is "singing the #2-10 blues"? Use that as a topic sentence to write a short summary about the decision the team faces with this bird. What would your plan or decision be? What do you think will happen next?

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