October 15, 2006: Migration Day 11
Off to Sauk County, WI
Finally they blew out of Stopover #2! All the birds followed Brooke well on the take-off, but it was soon apparent they would be fighting
#3 in Sauk County, WI. Was that what made #606 and #618 turn
back? Brooke led with 11
birds while 5 others dropped down to fly off Richard's wing. "At times, the headwinds slowed our ground speed to 17 mph
to stand still," said Brooke. "We could only hope the birds had
the stamina to make it to the next stop." Just as they saw the
landing area for Stopover #3, two
birds broke off.
Chris went after #602,
who landed about a mile short of the finish line. Joe went
after the other wayward bird, who landed
on a hill just 200 yards short of the travel
pen at the new site. Chris's bird flew with him after a rest.
Joe's bird had to be boxed to ride the short way in Charlie's van.
All birds are safely in the pen, 23.4 miles closer to Florida than
Journal Question: Today some of the crew will drive
to Stopover #4, hauling the second travel pen. They will unload
and set up the pen to be ready for the birds' arrival on the
next fly day
(tomorrow?). Why do you think two travel pens are needed? After
you write your answer, listen. Edit
your answer if you need to.
Math: Flying into a headwind, the
flock flew 58 minutes. How many
miles per hour did they fly? Adding today's miles, how many miles
have they flown so far? How many miles of the 1225-mile journey
Keeping: Have you updated your Migration Chart?
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cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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