Monarch Butterfly  Migration

Rain Ahead Keeps Them Down (+0 Miles)
October 21, 2006: Migration Day 17


What makes ultralights the right planes to lead cranes?
Photo Operation Migration

Today is the sixth day grounded in Sauk County, WI. The team awoke to a landscape covered by dense fog. They decided to wait it out. The fog started to lift and the winds were light and from the north—PERFECT! BUT rain began to fall right in their path. The radar showed rainfall coverage increasing; the only choice was to stand down.

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Questions: Cranes seem to prefer flying at speeds of 35 to 40 mph. Why do you think ultralights are the right planes to lead the migration? Write a paragraph with this topic sentence: "Ultralight planes are right for leading the migrating cranes." Try to list at least two reasons why. Do you think the weather is more a factor for the birds, or for the ultralights?
  • Record Keeping: Did you make another tally mark in the no-fly column of your migration comparison chart?

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

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