No Go: Woe, Woe, Woe! (+0 Miles)
November 17, 2011: Migration Day 40

Young crane eats from the feeder in the travel enclosure.

Image: Operation Migration

The aviation websites were promising the pilots would find WNW winds of up to 30 mph aloft. So. . .the migration is stalled for the 13th day in Livingston County, IL. This passes all previous records of down-days in a row on any migration since the project started in 2001. Cross your fingers for a fly-day tomorrow. For more news of the Class of 2011, see today's questions:

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

(a) "It seems the pumpkins and corn for enrichment and distraction are fulfilling their purpose less and less," reports Caleb. "The birds have shown decreasing interest, and it's clear what they really want is to get out and expand their wings." What has been the result for Crane #1-11? For #7-11? (Scroll to the bottom of their bio page links to find out.) What is the best thing to be done?
"Coyotes abound at night," reports Caleb. "A single howl sparks a chorus of resonating calls that seem to come from every direction. I can only imagine how our young Whoopers interpret this daunting call of the wild. To them the howls are alarming and threatening I’m sure, but we have luckily not seen any obvious signs of coyotes circling the electric fence. That doesn't mean however, that they haven’t dropped by for a look." Listen to this audio clip to find out more about predators in crane habitat. How does the team try to keep the birds in their care safe?

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