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November 13, 2003
Day 29

Losing Their Lead

The wind--today from the west at 15 mph--again has the migration in its grip. The young cranes are stalled for the third day in Washington County, Kentucky. They've come 523.1 miles of the 1200-mile distance. Their slim lead over last year's progress has narrowed from 10 days last week to 3 days now.

Where are the experienced cranes from 2001 and 2002? As of Sunday (Nov. 9), the latest news showed that eleven were still in the Necedah NWR area. Female Crane #14 from 2002 was still in northern Illinois where she spent the entire summer. Cranes #3 and #15 frm 2002 have reached southern Illinois. Cranes #2 and #13 (2002 birds) reached southwest Indiana. Crane #1 from 2001 and Crane #1 from 2002 were in Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Area in northwest Indiana. Another bird, who is either #6 (2001) or #7 (2001) reached Baraboo, Wisconsin. You can keep up with their progress on ICF's page. And at Aransas NWR in Texas, 46 cranes have arrived
since Tom Stehn's last census flight on November 5th.

Try This! Journaling Questions
  • According to last year's Migration Data, how many stops remain after Washington County, KY? If the birds fly every day starting tomorrow, and if they stop at the same stops, what's the soonest date they could arrive in Citrus County, FL? What's your prediction for the end date of the migration?

  • With an estimated 93 adults + 11 young now at Aransas NWR, just over ______ (what fraction or percentage?) of the only remaining natural flock of wild Whooping cranes has completed the migration.

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