Migration Day 60
the Border to FLORIDA!
After 60 days on the road and in the air, the finish line is just
one more flight away. After the incredible hassles of December
10 and 11,
the excitement as the weather and birds all finally cooperated
Joe launched with all 19 birds behind him. (How do you think he felt?) When
8 birds soon broke away from
zoomed in. They had their hands full as they tried to wrangle the birds
on course. But after about 15 minutes of back-and-forth,
8 birds decided
behave and follow the planes. Maybe they suddenly remembered what it was
like to be crated
and driven yesterday! At 9:37 AM, all 19 birds were safe
on the ground in Gilchrist County, FLORIDA. They flew 99 miles, for a total
1,116.4 miles gone!
The pilots and crew are preparing for
the long-awaited BIG DAY: the arrival celebration and public
fly-over at Dunnellon Municipal Airport. The weather for tomorrow
looks promising for the last flight for Migration 2005. The public
is invited to view the cranes and planes descending to land at their
final (temporary?) 2005 destination at Halpata Preserve.
to the airport should dress warmly and be in place by 8:00
Bad weather means the event could be postponed. They
won't know until moments before take-off. The whooping crane hotline
at 904-232-2580 extension 124 will be updated the minute a "go"/no
go" decision is made.
Celebration Short Story
Imagine you are a young whooping crane, listening to a wise
older crane tell you this story in the year 2200: My
Great Story: Whooping Cranes Year 2200. (This wonderful poem
was written by a loyal "craniac" named Kathy Miner.) Look up the
of the word colt in our glossary
before you read the page.
our map or make your own with this migration data.
map to enlarge.)
a Migration Journal
Question: Enjoy My
Great Story: Whooping Cranes Year 2200 and
then choose from these questions:
clues that give facts about the whoopers' first historic
migration, which began with eight birds. (To learn more about
the historic first year, click
on Year One, Fall 2001.)
are the Great White-winged Ones? Who are the silent, shapeless
creatures? Why doesn't the crane in the story know what became
—Many points of view are in this unfolding
story. Choose one, as author Kathy Miner did. Write your
tribute, poem, rap, or story from that point of view. TIP:
Think about the "players" in this great drama,
which has been called the conservation equivalent of putting
on the moon. Think about the pilots, ground crew, citizens
who live under the flight path, refuge workers who see
flock grow year by year, biologist who help train the
newly hatched chicks and go with them on migration, one
oldest flock members, or one of the youngest flock members.
We invite you to send your work to share with other readers
on this Web site!
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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