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October 30, 2001
Day 14

Too Windy to Take Off

Headwinds from the southeast mean flying today would be a waste of time and energy. A test flight this morning proved a ground speed of only 18 mph. They'll wait at stop 5 in Kankakee IL until they get favorable winds. However, this tiny flock's wild cousins from Canada's Wood Buffalo flock are in the air, heading for their wintering grounds at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Refuge biologist Tom Stehn discovered the first arrivals on Saturday, October 27 when eight whoopers showed up at Aransas. The Aransas/Wood Buffalo flock and the new Eastern flock are being kept separate for a good reason. About This Study tells you more, and helps you get started on today's journaling question.

Try This! Journaling Questions
  • How many differences can you list between this migration of the new Eastern flock and the migration of the only other wild migratory flock, which travels each fall and spring between Texas and Canada as it has for centuries? Add to your lists to compare and contrast as the migration continues and you receive new information and insights.
  • Once Joe was airborne on his test flight and aligned in the right direction, his GPS indicated a ground speed of only 18mph. With the next location more than 40 miles away, how long would it have taken to get there?

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