No Go: Rainy Day (+0 Miles)
October 25, 2011: Migration Day 17

Class of 2011 DAR chicks are released at Horicon Marsh.

Image: Eva Szyszkoski

Rain is to blame for down-day three at Marquette County, Wisconsin. Nine of the Class of 2011 are in their pen, playing with pumpkins or poking in the mud for insects. The search for crane #2 continues. The team hopes someone might spot her flying or foraging and let them know so they can get her back.

Over at Wisconsin's Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, the Direct Autumn Release DAR colts were set free on October 21. No more pens for them! Their new leg bands were attached to their legs on Oct. 14. Now they are trackable and indentifiable. All that remains is for the older cranes at Horicon to decide it's time to migrate—and for these young cranes to follow them and learn the way. Meet the DAR birds and see their banding codes on their bio pages. That's where you'll discover which of them also carry PTTs for satellite tracking.

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

  • (a) What clues in the photo tell you these young cranes are part of the Class of 2011, but NOT from the ultralight-led group? We see three clues. How many do you see?
  • (b-for-bonus) Migration History: Crane #2-11 is not the first to go missing. What is crane #733's first migration story? See her bio page, or see these migration updates to summarize what happened to her: Nov. 23, 2007, Nov. 29, 2007.


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