Monarch Butterfly  Migration

Hello INDIANA! (+96.4 Miles)
November 1, 2006: Migration Day 28

Skipping a Stop!
Hooray! Joe and 18 birds blew out of LaSalle County, IL for the next stop: Kankakee County, IL. Two birds fell out early and Brooke swooped in so they could fly with him. Lead pilot Joe said: "As expected, #610 took up the lead position. He behaved himself for the first few miles. Once we reached 1000 feet, he got bored and began to play." When Joe later lost a third bird, Richard picked up that bird along the wing of his ultralight.
But the birds and boys didn't stop at the planned stopover site! Covering ground at 50 - 52 mph and with all the birds following well, planes and cranes kept going. They landed in Benton County, INDIANA after flying 1 hour and 55 minutes. WAY TO GO!

Traveling by road, the ground crew was far behind. Waiting for the pen to arrive, Joe spent enjoyable time keeping the cranes together on the ground. He said, "To have 18 whooping cranes on seven-foot wings land all around you is one of the great spectacles of this project. . . . I was sorry when the team arrived to move the birds into the pen."

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Questions:

    It was 26 degrees F, and the pilots were all freezing cold. Why is it colder aloft than on the ground? If you were a pilot, how would you prepare for the cold? Read Joe's remarks.

    Read about #610's antics today. Fill in the blank: "#610 would have been dead a few times by now if not for _____________."

  • Migration Math: Adding today's miles, how far has the migration traveled?


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

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