Winds: No Go
It's brisk and a bit frosty, but the gusty winds are the culprits keeping planes and cranes down today. Total distance traveled so far: 129.5 statute miles.
By now, the older "ultra-cranes" from 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 should be itching to migrate. Sometimes they meet up with (or pass!) the ultralghts and chicks (also called colts at this age). Remember that cranes in the wild fly alone or in twos or threes, like the natural flock's family group in our October 20 report. Sometimes whoopers join with sandhill cranes, but whoopers do not normally migrate in large groups like sandhill cranes do. The ultralight-led migraions with first-year chicks are unnatural. Still, they will know how to migrate like wild birds next spring. That's the beauty of instinct!
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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