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November 22, 2004
Migration Day 44

Migration Stalled by Fog Again
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For the 4th day since arriving here we're standing down due to poor visibility and low cloud ceilings. But the team has seen the seven Whooping cranes who, like them, are fogged in at Hiwassee State Wildlife Refuge. On of them is Crane #418, who is almost 6 months old and couldn't finish his ultralight training due to a problem with his primary feathers. This youngster has attitude; he was bossing a juvenile Sandhill crane when they saw him. The team has also spotted older ultracranes #107, 306, 102, 105, 205 and 204 at the Hiwassee stopver. It's rewarding to see the older birds using good stopovers from their very first journey south with the ultralights.

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Ultracranes in the Air!
Hooray for Katherine B., 4th grader in Ms. Hamner's class at Sara Collins Elementary School in Greenville, SC. Katherine shared this exciting newspaper clip:

" ...During recent weeks five of the endangered birds have been reported. One was reported in McCormick County along the Savannah River, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In the following days, four others were reported at the Cape Romain National Seashore near McClellanville while the first crane moved to the marshes in Colleton County.... They arrived in SC during their flock's first unassisted migration from Wisconsin to Florida. It is part of a project by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership to reintroduce the species..." (The Greenville News, Associated Press)

Check back tomorrow for a report on the rest of the Eastern flock. (Many are still in Wisconsin). We hope tomorrow also brings some miles gained for this year's chicks heading for Georgia—and then FLORIDA and their winter home!

Pen area, Chassahowitzka NWR, Florida
Try This! Journaling Questions
  • The two-year-old female crane #214 was located near her old pen at Chassahowitzka NWR. on Nov. 16th. How does this year's first arrival compare with last year's? She had not been tracked since Nov. 9th. She may have already been at Chassahowitzka for several days. She's staying in the pen area, which makes us wonder: Cranes are territorial, so how will the older ultralcranes respond to the arrival of this year's young at their pen site at Chassahowitzka NWR?

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

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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