Migration Day 57
Hope was in the air this morning. Yesterday's all-day rain had ended. The
overnight fog had cleared. The wind direction was favorable. But once again,
was too strong and turbulent. This is the third no-go day in Terrel County,
with 957.4 statute miles gone. The calendar is creeping later into December.
Still, a year ago today it was migration day 61 and they were also stalled
by weather too warm and windy. No one wants to go past last year's all-time
LONG migration, with an arrival date on Day 64—so please keep your fingers
crossed for a flight tomorrow!
Arrival Fly-over Celebration is Coming! (Soon, we hope!)
This year's arrival event is at the Dunnellon/Marion
County Airport in Florida. The area
around the Dunnellon Airport is not built up, and it's close to the Halpata
Preserve where the chicks will land. That means guests will get one
of the best-ever flyover views as the cranes and planes descend into
The fly-over site
is close enough to the pens that the pilots and migration crew will
be able to join the event within minutes of landing. It will be a fabulous
chance to see the cranes, planes, pilots and team! Now all we need
is the right weather for it to happen.
our map or make your own with this migration data.
map to enlarge.)
a Migration Journal
Question: If feeders with "crane
chow" are in the enclosure for the chicks' first
winter, how do you think the cranes will come to
be truly wild? (See "winter lessons" on our Resources page to help you think about possible answers.)
Math: What is the average distance traveled per
day on this migration?
Keeping: Have you updated
your chart? (At the end of the migration, we'll show
you our chart for comparison.)
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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