Standing Down Again Today
The morning was sunny and clear, but strong headwinds would make flying too difficult for the young cranes. The team and crane-kids will stay at stopover #4 in Green County, Wisconsin. Next stop: northern Illinois!
The Eastern flock is still, but their wild cousins are on the move. Two whoopers have already reached their winter home in Texas! A whooping crane injured there last spring never migrated north to Canada, but stayed the summer at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. That makes three whooping cranes at Aransas. A final count will be made in December when they all reach Texas. About 230 cranes are expected---up from just 15 in the early 1940s! Where are the rest of them? Two were seen in North Dakota and one in Montana. Most have been sighted in Saskatchewan, Canada, where this story took place:
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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