afternoon the team decided tobox up and drive the last 8 chicks
to Stopover #1.
Whew! One week ago today they left, and what a week! Not until late
yesterday were 20 birds finally united at Stopover #1. (See the report,
now edited and called Day 1 - 7.) Today's photo shows you how those
last 8 birds got to their flock mates, four miles away. The team hopes
that being in unfamiliar territory will make the birds pay closer
attention to their ultralight parent and follow better as they leave.
The short distance was also a way to give them a successful first
flight without tiring as they build up their strength. With all chicks
together again, they're raring to go — but today's weather brings
nothing but drizzles and drenchings! The team shares your feelings
of impatience at the delays. Not to worry: the weather will soon be
in their favor, and our young birds will continue this most unusual
of all, we can watch and listen to the action, thanks to the world's
first live CraneCam
(being set up today at Stopover #1) and TrikeCam!
(a) In total, how many of the Class of 2009 had
to be boxed up and transported to Stopover #1? (HINT:
Check back and reread the news about Days
1-7 and the news above.)
(b-for-bonus) Why do you think the team
made the decision yesterday to box up the last birds and
drive them over to join the others?
History: Your migration
comparison chart has a space at the bottom for NOTES.
What will you note about the unusual events of