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October 23, 2006: Migration Day 19
the Air and Everywhere!
Finally! They took off into the wild blue yonder, and we mean WILD.
Seven days in one stopover
site resulted in a flying circus today. We will update, but
at last word just six birds were at the new stopover site. Two
turned back to the Sauk County pen. Others landed in Sauk
or Green County, WI. or various places in between! It was early
evening when all birds and team members were settled, but progress
was made! (See the wild details in pilot
Joe Duff's journal entry here.)
Meanwhile, the wild
cousins of these chicks are headed
from Canada to Texas, as they've done since before dinosaurs. The
first arrivals reached the Texas coastal refuge October 19, reports
Tom Stehn, "which is
just 3 days later than the Whooping cranes' average first
arrival date of October 16th." Go, cranes!
Journal Question: Yesterday we
asked you to think of ways the birds might be affected by such
a long time in the travel pen. Today, see Joe's thoughts about
all the disadvantages of
so many days in one Stopover site. Edit yesterday's answer if you
wish. Then make a prediction about how things might go in the next
get good flying
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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