Onward to Stopover #3! (+28 Miles)
October 27, 2011: Migration Day 19

Ultralight plane takes off with young whooping cranes.

Image: Tom Schultz

Today's lead pilot, Richard, launched with the Class of 2011 for the next leg of their journey south. It was another rocky start, and the longest flight attempted so far. Most of the birds scattered shortly after takeoff. Richard managed to land with two birds in Columbia County, Wisconsin, after #6 dropped out and was found, crated and driven. Crane #4 also flew the distance with Brooke's ultralight. Joe was left with five birds that took off but kept turning back to the pen at Stopover #2. Four were safely penned but one landed in elsewhere and trackers are after that one. Imagine the tales when all three pilots get together and share their adventures from this difficult day! In the meantime, wish them good luck, and hope the reluctant crane-kids soon get with the program.

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

  • (a) How many total miles has the migration now traveled? Check your answer with the "Total Distance Traveled" column on our new data page. If you are making your own map, use the lat/long to make your dot for Stopover #3.
  • (b-for-bonus) Migration History: The cranes couldn't take off a year ago today because of a very unusual weather event the previous day. See our report and Journal Questions to explore more. What was the weather event, and what new things did you learn?

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