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October 6, 2006: Migration Day 2

Fog and Wind
The eager pilots arrived at the aircraft hangar at sunrise. The only fog for miles around had condensed right around the airport, reported pilot Joe Duff. "It was like nature's practical joke, knowing that we were anxious to be on our way." Not only that, but they'd be flying right into the wind. The birds would tire and have NO fun. It was a no-brainer: no flight today.

Introducing Two Special Crane-kids
One unique chick in the Class of 2006 makes the migration extra special. Chick #602 is the first crane hatched from the reintroduced eastern flock. She was hatched in captivity from an egg laid by parents from the ultralight-led Class of 2002. Biologists rescued the egg when, through inexperience, the parents abandoned their nest. Now she'll migrate with the ultralight planes leading the way. (See story.)

Another special chick making its first migration south will fly with her own parents, cranes 211 and 217. This is the natural way for whooper chicks to learn their migration route. See our photo album and meet the new flock's First Family. She and her sibling were the first whooping cranes hatched in the wild in Wisconsin in more than a century!

In the Classroom

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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