|Countdown to Migration: October 8, 2010|
Today’s flight began as migration departure but turned into a training flight instead. The cranes and planes met strong winds aloft, and these inexperienced colts need near-perfect flying conditions to fly 23 miles to Stopover #1. Will tomorrow (target departure date plus 3 days) bring Migration Day 1?
Today's Report Includes:
|Latest Chick Chat: Almost a Go|
What a week! The target departure date of Oct. 5 changed and the migration is still at the start line. Stopover #1 was changed from 4 miles away to 23 miles away because wet conditions made it too soggy for planes and pens. The Class of 2010 is down to eleven brave birds after the loss of #11 and #4. And today’s flight was a migration departure that turned into a training flight instead when the cranes and planes met strong winds aloft. These inexperienced colts need near-perfect flying conditions to fly the long distance of 23 miles to Stopover #1. The team hopes tomorrow (target departure date plus 3) will bring perfect conditions! Meanwhile, see Oct. 8 photo gallery for a glimpse of what's ahead!
|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 9, 2010 — or when the migration begins!|