|Countdown to Migration: October 1, 2010|
Five days to go! The chicks flew four days in a row this week, and this photo shows a way they're rewarded. Why give treats? The colts will be ready to go October 5, but will the weather? Will the team? See what must be done, and meet the team with new questions in this week's quiz.
Today's Report Includes:
|Latest Chick Chat: Ready, Set, Almost Time to Go|
The birds flew four days in a row this week! They are building endurance, and just in time. Only five days remain until the target departure date of October 5.
team has hustled to update two travel pens to hold the birds at night
on migration, find supplies for both birds and people,
grease wheel bearings, fill propane tanks, load bird feed and treats,
pack personal gear, and more. Are they excited? Yes! (Meet
the team, below, in this week's quiz.)
Adult Cranes Getting Restless
What are the flock's two new families doing? Click on the photos at right to find out!
Tracker Eva also reports that quite a few of the older birds have been moving around more recently. "Once the corn fields in the area get harvested, I would expect most of the birds to be using them. The sandhill cranes have started their fall staging; today I saw a very large flock standing on some cranberry property."
makes this ultralight wing suitable to the young colts at this stage
of their training? Click to
Restless Family? Click to see what W1-10's family has been doing this week.
Ready to migrate? Click to see what W3-10's family has been doing this week.
|Meet the Team: Crane Quiz #5||Print the Quiz|
How many kids can say their dad flies with Whooping cranes? Whose dog gets to come along on migration? You'll find out when you meet the dedicated team that will lead the chicks on their first journey south. Meet the team and find answers to five questions in this week's crane quiz:
Before they go, click to see the chicks LIVE on Operation Migration's CraneCam! You may also see costumed team members at work.
|Journal: Why is pecking order important?||Print Journey South Journals|
Cranes #16-10 and #17-10 caused a ruckus when the two cohorts mixed at first, but Geoff understands: "Imagine you and your brothers and sisters practically had a house all to yourself all summer long. You finally sorted out whose room is whose, and who’s the boss of whom. All of a sudden, strangers land, move into your house, and take up all your space. Then they tell you they’re the bosses of you! Wouldn’t YOU be a little peeved?"
This fall, the top chick seems to be #2-10. Chicks #1-10, #3-10 and #8-10 are keeping their higher ranks too. (See bio pages.) Why do you think some cranes work hard to be the boss, while others are satisfied not to?
This slideshow will help you respond to this week's discussion or journal question:
|Slideshow/Booklet: "Countdown to Migration"||Teacher Guide|
October 5 is the target date for the chicks' departure on the biggest adventure of their lives: their first journey south. The cranes just show up and fly, but the team has a lot to do! What’s on their job list right now? For the birds-in-training, finding the "sweet spot" is an important discovery. Why?
Find answers in “Countdown to Migration,” this week's nonfiction selection. View it as a Web slideshow or click on the booklet to print, fold, and take home to share.
|Join Mile-a-Thon: Fitness and Fun|
you and your friends beat the cranes to their migration finish line in
by walking the same distance of 1,285 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 one of the migration team members.
Find tips to get started,
|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
What's the story behind this human-assisted migration?
|Daily on the Web: October 5, 2010 — or when the migration begins!|