Home at St. Marks! (+28 Miles)
January 13, 2010: Migration Day 82
Brooke delivers ten of the
Class of 2009 to their new winter home!
Heather Ray, Operation Migration
Today the St. Marks Ten (906, 908, 910, 911, 912, 914, 915, 918,
925 and 926) landed at their new winter home! They created a world
of excitement for the craniacs who came to celebrate their arrival.
After a delay for frost and a pilot test flight by "wind test
dummy" Richard, pilot Brooke launched the very last ultralight
flight for these ten. But the birds gave him a tough contest. They
showed their independence by trying to break away instead of following.
Then they split. But Brooke and his 'wingmen' (Matt, Richard,
and Chris) were expert air shepherds. They got the birds high over
of the excited crowd. This year Joe was with the onlookers to answer
questions and celebrate with everyone waiting to welcome and offer
some of North
America's most beautiful and most endangered birds. Migration complete
at 1113 miles!
The ten birds going to "Chass" NWR are waiting back in
their Jefferson County pen until the next fly day. They are three
flights away from completing their migration.
live on the scene. See the archived footage to "be there" yourself!
• (a) How
did this year's arrival date for the St. Marks
group compare with last
year's arrival date? Using
information on this page, do you predict this
year's Chass group will finish
earlier or later than last year's Chass group?
• (b-for-bonus) It took the work of dozens of hardworking
people to make this joyous day happen. You may
be surprised to know all the effort behind it.
Hundreds of workers included a work crew from
the prison. The men slogged through the dense
underbrush in the heat of the summer to carve
out the half-mile foot path to the pen so the
winter monitoring staff can check the birds and
their food and water. For what do you, or would
you be willing to, volunteer your time and efforts?
Why do people volunteer? What would you say to
all the volunteers who help the Operation Migration
team all along the migration?
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).