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Last Stop in Kentucky! (+56.9 Miles)
November 21, 2006: Migration Day 48

A perfect flying day! All 18 birds stayed with lead pilot Brooke the whole 1 hour and 31 minues to Adair County, Kentucky. After landing, Chris and Brooke led the birds away while Joe and Richard set up the travel pen. Charlie arrived to help. Soon the birds were penned and all the pilots flew off to park their trikes at a nearby residence. Ready for tomorrow.

All 18 fly to Adair County, Kentucky!
Photo Operation Migration

Also on the move are the flock's cousins who flew with the ultralights when they were chicks. A record total of 28 Whooping cranes in the new flock began migration on November 19, including the First Family! Now just 12 whoopers (5 pairs and 2 DAR juveniles) remain at the Wisconsin summer home, and one (#33-05) in Michigan.

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Question: Ahead lies one of their greatest obstacles of the whole migration: Tennessee's Walden Ridge. It's the chicks' first meet-up with mountains. Read about previous crossings of "The Beast" in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. With this ahead, what do you think the team is excited about? Nervous about? When have you had both good and bad feelings about something that's soon to come?
  • Map the Migration: Use our map or make your own with this migration data.


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