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November 10, 2003
Day 26

Cranes Reach 12th Migration Stop

At 7:27 a.m. all sixteen birds took off behind their "parent plane" for a terrific flight to Washington Co., KY. They flew for 1 hour 33 minutes to land at stop number 12 in the carefully-planned migration route. Today's flight added  42.3 statute miles to the accumulated distance. Hooray!

Each of the three ultralight-led migrations has been unique. For example, last year on this date, the migration juveniles were not only grounded in Indiana, but something unusual had happened to the flock. Look carefully at the map on the left, below, and you'll see what we mean. On this date last year, the older, "experienced" ultra-whoopers were still in Wisconsin. How is that different this year? (See yesterday's report.)

Last Fall

This Fall

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Try This! Journaling Questions
  • At what time did the cranes arrive at the new stopover site after this morning's flight? (See paragraph 1 and you'll be able to figure it out.) What total distance has the migration come so far?
  • What might be some difficulties for the ground crew if the cranes split apart and have to land in different locations? How would you summarize this year's migration success so far? Explain.
  • The monitoring team of Richard Urbanek and ICF interns Lara Fondow and Colleen Satyshr will keep track of the migrating Eastern whoopers by ground and air. They will keep notes on the cranes' movements and the habitat they choose. Think like a scientist as you answer: What would YOU hope to learn if you were one of the crane trackers?


Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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