No Go. Bad Weather Ahead (+0 Miles)
December 2, 2009: Migration Day 48

Dec. 1: Joe talks to Neoga 4th, 5th and 6th Graders
Photo: Heather Ray, Operation Migration

Good news and bad news: The cranes and planes would have a great little tailwind with the 5-to-10-mph north wind blowing on high. But south winds and rain from the Gulf of Mexico will arrive at the next stopover site before the birds would land. So it's down-day #2 in Cumberland County, Illinois. So, think of a question you'd like to ask the team if they visited your school. Then dig into today's journal questions.

Here's a question students asked yesterday:

Students: What do you do if two cranes start fighting?

Joe Duff: If it's not too serious, we let them settle it themselves. This helps to determine and sort out the dominance structure of the flock. But if it starts to escalate to the point the one or both could get injured, then we step in and break it up using the puppet and by placing ourselves between the two birds.

CraneCam is live each day from about 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. TrikeCam is live during migration flights.

In the Classroom

  • (a) So far, the only 2009 Direct Autumn Release chick migrating is DAR 38-09. Where is DAR 38-09 now? Where is DAR 42-09? (b-for-bonus) Where was the migration on this date last year? Two quick ways to check: List of Daily Reports and Migration Data. Last year they were able to skip the previous stopover (Livingston County) and also the next one (Wayne County) after our current stop. Write a statement that compares Dec. 2, 2008 with Dec. 2, 2009.


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