Migration Day 19
They Go! A Fast 49.1 Mile Flight
Heavy fog and a low ceiling delayed the crew this
morning. But at 9:23 a.m. they took off and 18 birds flew a fast 49.1
miles to the next stopover site in Boone County, Indiana. The trip took
just 1 hour and 11 minutes with a 10-12 mph tailwind pushing them along.
"We were spread out today," said Joe Duff and gave today’s
was free to fly today, he was evidently not ready. “As we suspected,
he circled two or three times and landed back at the pen,” said
is being crated to the
Boone County stopover.
Special attention has been given to #516 to make sure it can fully extend
its wing after becoming entangled in supporting wires above Brooke's
ultralight on Oct. 18.
The team's Dr. Angie Maxted explains more on #516's
page. She adds: "For the last 5 legs he has made all or most
of the journey in a crate, and we hope that he will soon have the strength
and the stamina to keep up with the other birds. Our obvious goal
is to get him back on track as soon as possible, and he continues to
look better every day."
is released from the pen in Benton County to exercise its wings.
Angie and Charlie run along, encouraging the bird to fly, while
Chris snapped these photos.
our map or make your own with this migration data.
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a Migration Journal
Question: How has the team shown excellent care of
the injured #516? When have you been in charge of taking care
of something important or valuable? How did you show responsible
• Migration Math: How many miles per
hour did the cranes fly today? How many other
migration days did they fly as quickly?
Review all of the migration days in this
fall's migration. (For
extra credit, compare today's migration speeds in previous
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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