Winds Keep Them in Cumberland Cty. (+0 Miles)
December 8, 2007: Migration Day 57

This is adult crane #420 and Direct Autumn Release (DAR) chick 46-07 with Sandhill cranes at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge. Which is which? How do you know? Click on photo to see a map of chick DAR 46-07's unusual journey.

Photo Richard Urbanek, ICF Tracker


Disappointing news: no flight today because winds are from the wrong direction. It's day 2 on the ground in Cumberland County. At leasat the birds are getting rested up before flying over "The Beast," or the Cumberland Ridge of mountains. What's on the other side? The cranes in the photo above are there! Thousands of Sandhill Cranes and most of the Eastern flock's Whooping Cranes use the wonderful wetlands at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge on every migration. One day soon our 17 youngsters will land there too, one stop closer to their journey's end.


In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Question: (a) After studying the map (click on photo above), write a sentence in your journal that describes the journey of DAR 46-07 as she tries to make her first migration south.
    The map also show the first migration of the other crane-kids in this year's Direct Autumn Release (DAR) program. Add another sentence or two that describes their journey. Tell what the DAR program is. Do you think it is important in helping to save this endangered species?


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