No Go: Rain & Wind (+0 Miles)
October 26, 2011: Migration Day 18

This is the helmet for the costume worn by anyone around the young Whooping cranes.

How's This for a Crazy Costume?
Image: Wayne Kryduba

Rain and wind dash hopes to fly on down-day four at Marquette County, Wisconsin. Everyone is dismayed at the slow start for this journey south. The weather is the wild card, but that also means we can hope for days with happy surprises and swift progress. But what about the birds unwilling to fly? Pilot Joe explains why the start of migration is difficult: "It is during that time that the chicks are reluctant to leave the only home they have known, and the concept of migration has yet to sink in. Many of them turn back when we get too far away and each failed attempt only reinforces their resolve." Long delays don't help!

Today's slideshow invites you to think about costumes as you make more discoveries behind the scenes of migration. Dig in!

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

  • (a) How many migration stops lie between Wisconsin and Florida? Count the team's map and list on our new data page. Print the page for your journal so you can hightlight each stop as we arrive. You can also use the lat/long to map the journey south.
  • (b-for-blast) You probably already have your Halloween costume ready. But today's photo makes us ask: How's This for a Crazy Costume? Enjoy the slideshow that tells you the inside story about the garb worn daily by the team when they are around the young cranes.

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