Monarch Butterfly  Migration

Weather Woes (+0 Miles)
October 26, 2006: Migration Day 22


This is the wild chick with its mother (217). Leg band colors of green-over-red identify the adult female. The adult's other leg carries a PTT (satellite) transmitter.
Photo Richard Urbanek, ICF and USFWS

Blustery, Gloomy, Gray
Strong winds out of the south will keep trikes and crane-kids on the ground today. The sky is full of gray clouds. It's a good day to turn your brain power to today's journaling questions, below.

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Question: Most whooping cranes are born and raised in the wild, but the "ultra-cranes" and DAR chicks are raised in captivity by costume-clad humans. Think about how the lives of the wild-hatched and captive-hatched chicks compare. Then list some of the life lessons that chicks must learn in order to survive. Next, check your list and learn more with these photos to guide you.
  • Migration Math: Fighting a 12 to 14 mph headwind would allow only about 20 mph of ground speed. The GPS in the plane tells this information. If the birds had 45 miles to the next stopover, how long would they have to fly to get there? Remember, they are flapping their wings and that's work. What do you think is the main reason the team decides to stand down in the face of strong headwinds?

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

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