Complete! (+26 Miles)
January 20, 2010: Migration Day 89
WHOOPEEEE!!! Today the Chass Ten flew to the finish! Cranes
901, 903, 904, 905, 907, 913, 919, 924, 927 and 929 touched
down at their new winter home at 10:07 this morning. (See photo
slide show) Loyal followers to the
end, they now begin their new life as wild, migratory birds. In the
next few days they'll get health checks and the permanent band colors
that identify them for the rest of their lives. Then they will slowly
become wild and free. In April or May, we will track them on their
first solo migration as they migrate back—with no human help—to
the flock's Wisconsin nesting grounds.
amazing Class of 2009 is the ninth group to be guided by ultralights
from central Wisconsin to Florida for the winter. Nine Direct Autumn
Release (DAR) chicks also made their first southward migration. High
fives and hearty congratulations to the Operation
Migration Team for an outstanding migration, and to the entire
Crane Eastern Partnership for a conservation story to celebrate.
And congratulations to YOU for hanging in there with the cranes
and planes for this outstanding adventure! We'll see you back
when the Journey North begins!
• (a) The
goal of this Whooping crane reintroduction
is to have 125 birds including 25 breeding
pairs, by the year 2020. How old will you be
• (b-for-bonus) The new flock has 85 wild migratory cranes.
adding the nine DAR cranes and 20
the Class of 2009, what is the flock's total population? What
the goal for total number of Whooping cranes in the new flock has been met?
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).