Monarch Butterfly  Migration

Boo Hoo! Waaaay Too Windy (+0 Miles)
Halloween, 2006: Migration Day 27

Last year, Oct. 31 was a no-fly day, too. Where did the team spend Halloween?
Photo Operation Migration

Trick or Treat?
This is day 2 with no take-off from Stopover #6 in LaSalle County, IL, so we suppose the team will have time for Halloween mischief like they did LAST year. Marie and Laurie visited the birds. Find out how #623 enchanted them. Our animated map (click here) shows Migration progress so far. Will we add Stopover #7 tomorrow? Let's hope!

EXCITING NEWS! We just learned that Direct Autumn Release (DAR) chicks #26-06 and #28-06 left Wisconsin Oct. 28 on their first migration! They were detected in flight south of the refuge, but they were too fast for the ground tracker. PTT readings from #28-06 for Oct. 29 and 30 showed him in southern Indiana! This is a major sandhill crane migration stopover area. A roost check on the night of October 30 confirmed that #26-06 and #28-06 stayed together. More than 1,000 sandhills are currently in the area. Do you think the DAR chicks will successfully learn their migration route from migrating sandhill cranes?

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Question: The remains of 1-year-old male crane #522 were discovered in Michigan this week. He was the only crane from last year's ultralight group who didn't return to Wisconsin. How many cranes are now in the new Eastern flock? See this chart to add up the totals. Why is it so hard for this endangered species to build up their numbers?

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

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