Monarch Butterfly  Migration

From Rodeo to Roundup (+48.7 Miles)
October 23, 2006: Migration Day 19


In 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!

In the Classroom

  • Today's 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 few days if they get good flying conditions.
  • Record Keeping: Hooray! Make a tally mark in the 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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