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November 8, 2010: Migration Day 30
Migrating wild family with twins in South Dakota Nov.
winds pin the team to the ground for day two in Piatt County, Illinois.
But wait! We have other GREAT
migration news to celebrate:
Eva says wild-hatched chick W3-10 and
her parents (#212 and #419)
began their journey south on November 4. On day
one they flew all the way to the parents' usual stop
in Greene County, INDIANA!
photo shows a wild family with
twins on the morning
4 at a migration stop in Brown County, South Dakota.
They are on their way to Texas — where another family with
From the Western
Flock's winter home in Texas, biologist Tom Stehn sent
the joyful news. He estimated the known number of whoopers at
Aransas as 23+6=29 as of Nov. 5, adding "The actual number could
easily be triple that." Migration is in full swing!
the Classroom: Journal or
birds migrate south every autumn.
How many times have W3's parents
made the journey south in their
lifetimes? How many
lived? HINT: Each
bird's age is indicated in its
For all the older birds,
the first number is their hatch
(system used until now by
Operation Migration). For birds
2010, the hatch year is the
second part of their name (system
used by WCEP and now joined
by Operation Migration in 2010).
distance from W3's home to
Green County is at least 300
miles. How does the family's
one day of progress compare with
the ultralight cranes' 30 days
of progress? Why can wild cranes
fly farther and faster than the
ultra-cranes and planes? This
page can help you answer.
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).