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October 23, 2004
Migration Day 14

Rain and Wind Delay
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Rain stopped travel plans today, but the next two days both look good for migration. Meanwhile. . .

The other ultra-cranes from 2001, 2002, and 2003 should be itching to migrate. Sure enough, yearling cranes 302 and 317 moved to southwest Jefferson Co., Wisconsin, about 95 miles south of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge a few days ago. Are they heading for Florida? Will they follow the route they flew behind the ultralight last fall? Will they fly the more direct route they returned on this spring? Will they find a new route? Stay tuned to find out. Crane Trackers are ready! Lara Fondow and Sara Zimorski with The International Crane Foundation, along with Richard Urbanek from the United States Fish & Wildlife Service will keep track of the older cranes over the next few weeks. Please be sure to check the WCEP page for regular tracking updates. Meanwhile, the other 33 older and experienced Whooping cranes from previous ultralight-led migrations are still on their summer areas.

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Try This! Journaling Questions
  • What's your prediction about the route the yearling cranes will take this fall?
  • Remember that cranes in the wild fly alone or in twos or threes. Sometimes they join with sandhill cranes. They do not migrate in large groups. The ultralight-led migrations with first-year chicks are unnatural. What steps have team members taken to make this bold migration project succeed? What idea have YOU planned and not been sure it would succeed? What steps did you take to make it happen? What was your result? What did you learn?

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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