|Countdown to Migration: September 10, 2010|
Two groups became one! The oldest crane-kids flew behind the ultralight plane to move in with the five youngest birds on Sept. 9. (Why did the pilots do it that way?) Target date for migration is now October 5. Tackle four fun questions in Crane Quiz #2, and view this week's slideshow/booklet: "Who Am I? Imprinting."
Today's Report Includes:
|Latest Chick Chat: All in One Pen!|
13 crane-kids are now at the same pen site! After many rainy or windy
days, the weather yesterday (September 9) finally allowed Brooke and Richard
to fly the older group of birds 1.7 miles to the pen site of the five younger
cranes. All eight birds in the older group flew beautifully behind Brooke's
ultralight plane. Pilot Richard flew above and behind in the “chase
chase pilot keeps watch in case any birds break away or can’t keep
up. (He and his plane can help them.) After the older eight were safely
in the pen, the younger five got their chance to fly with the ultralight.
Now all 13 are settled
in the large pen with a fence dividing them. They need a few days to sort
out their squabbles through the safety of the fence. Hope for good flying
weather so training can continue!
The shortest period between hatch and departure so far was in 2007. The youngest bird was 125 days old. This year, how old will the youngest bird be if departure is October 5?
|Journal: Why move the oldest group to the youngest?||Print Journey South Journals|
the cohorts is an important step in the countdown to migration. Pilot
Joe Duff: “The birds will face off through the fence that divides
the pen and do a lot of posturing. We will train them separately but when
they have each had their turn, we will let them both on the runway. They
will pick fights and we’ll step in to stop the big ones. We will
let them battle the small skirmishes so they can determine the new social
order. Within a few days they will have it all worked out and we can remove
the barrier in the pen. We will watch them a little longer to make sure
there is no aggression. Then we will start training them together in one
group. With week or two of good weather, we should be ready to start the
Write your thoughts in your personal Journey South journal. Next week
you can compare your ideas to those of pilot Joe Duff.
|Meet the Flock: Crane Quiz #2||Print the Quiz|
Last week you learned that the age range is 25 days between the oldest and youngest ultra-chicks for 2010. Now we get to see how well the 13 will get a long together. In what ways are the chicks alike or different? Find out when you click on each photo to find the chick's "Baby Book" and life story, or bio page:
While you're on the bio pages, search for answers to four new questions in this week's Crane Quiz:
Which chicks traveled by van instead of airplane to Wisconsin? Find the answer is on our crane bio pages.
|Booklet: "Who Am I? Imprinting"||Teacher Guide|
do these chicks know they are Whooping cranes and not other kinds of
birds? Find out how experts help these baby cranes imprint correctly
on their species as they are being raised and trained.
|Migration Mile-a-Thon: Fitness Fun||Registration|
|Can you and your friends beat the cranes to their migration finish line in Florida by walking the same distance of 1285 miles? Can you go the distance before the cranes do? The Crane Class of 2010 and the folks at Operation Migration (who conduct the chicks' fall ultralight-led migration) challenge you to try! Each class or school completing the 1,285 miles will receive a Wildlife Hero Certificate, and each student participant will receive a special memento autographed by a migration team member. Find tips to get started and more.|
|Whooping Crane Festival: You're Invited!|
Are you lucky enough to live near central Wisconsin? If so, come to the Whooping Crane and Wildlife Festival on the grounds of Necedah Airport on September 18. This festive outdoor event on the grounds of Necedah Airport is everyone's chance to meet the 2010 migration team, see the ultralight planes, hear speakers, eat, shop—and watch for wild white whoopers flying overhead!
|Countdown to Migration: Posted Fridays||Bookmark the Whooping Crane Home Page|
Summaries are posted (by email) to registered participants on FRIDAYS:
Sep 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19— or
until this year's newest "ultra-chicks" reach their winter home
What's the story behind this human-assisted migration? Find out here!
|We'll be back with more news next Friday: September 10, 2010.|