No Go: Alabama Down-Day #1 (+0 Miles)
December 12, 2011: Migration Day 65

Crane #20-11 (DAR) has reached Tennessee's Higwassee Wildlife Refuge on her first migration south!

Which Class of 2011 Direct Autum Release (DAR) Whooping crane (banded red/green on right leg) has reached Tennessee?
Image: Bret Douglas

After gaining miles four days in a row, the cranes and planes are down today due to headwinds. Temps are warmer too—a clue that winds are from the south. Be sure to go back if you missed the reports for Dec. 11 and Dec. 10. Find out why they deserve a day of rest when you read Joe Duff's field journal entry describing yesterday's flight. Which crane didn't land until long after the others? Why? See answers in Joe's story!

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

(a) Which Class of 2011 crane is pictured above, and how did this 5-1/2 month old Whooping crane find her way from Wisconsin to Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Tennessee? See her bio page for the leg band color code that identifies her. To get there, click on "The Cranes" in the row of links at the very bottom of this page, and go to the section with photos of Group 2 (DAR) cranes. Which of those cranes has the band colors in the photo above?

Migration Math How many miles have the cranes covered in the past four days? What fraction of the total is this? What percentage? How many miles remain for the cranes who will winter at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida? How many miles remain for the cranes who will spend winter at Florida's Chassahowitzka NWR? TIP: The Data page lists all the stops and mileages you need to know.

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