Migration Day 15
two hours by fog,
the pilots and all 20 crane-kids left Illinois at 9:36 am CT. After
circling a few times, chick #516 landed--his wing not yet up to the
challenge. He was crated to today's stop, but 54 minutes
later, Joe landed at stop #9 with 17 birds and Brooke with two. They're
in Benton County, INDIANA--with 288.8 statute miles gone!
They had a nice ground speed of 51-54 mph today. Another time they would
have kept going, trying to reach the next site 1 hour 10 minutes away.
Today they decided against it; their late start meant the sun was already
heating the air. The resulting thermal activity would make flying too
rought to risk gaining the extra miles. Still, they're delighted with
their progress, and they shared
some spectacular photos
from yesterday's flight!
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a Migration Journal
Question: What risks and possible fears can you
list for these migrating cranes? Start by thinking about
what Richard said
troubles on Oct.
26: "They were frightened of something.
I could hear them peeping
call and the roar of the engine.
They were afraid every time we crossed a highway or busy
road. They were not impressed
by the commuter jet that passed by only a few hundred feet
away. I spent a long time coaxing them to LaSalle
County, only to drop them off and go back six miles to
find a dropout bird who refused to fly back with the trike."
Migration Math: If
the trip is roughly 1225 miles, how many miles are left?
is a daily challenge.While
you are thinking about perils to these endangered
birds, find out about a brave crane from hatch year 2003.
Go to the flock
chart and click on #304 to see what happened yesterday.
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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