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December 6, 2011: Migration Day 59
In what year did this crane follow the utralight planes to learn his migration route? Click photo for more.
Image: Christel Reichenback
The rain stopped! The pilots suited up for a flight. They expected a 15-20 mph tailwind aloft would boostt them on their way. But as sunrise neared, the surface winds picked up so strongly that plans to fly were canceled. Today is Down Day 4 in Union County, KY but maybe it's for the best. Yesterday when the team drove ahead to check readiness of the next stopover, the truck got stuck up to its axels in mud. It ook a neighbor's big tractor to pull it out! Will tomorrow be a fly day? Meanwhile, check below to see how an ultralight "graduate" wild whooper is doing.
the Classroom: Journal or
(a) Use the colored leg bands to identify the adult Whooping crane pictured above. Click on the photo for help.
(b-for-bonus) What are at least 3 interesting things about the life of the crane in today's photo? What do you notice about the setting of the photo? How could this be worrisome? Use this journal page if you wish.
Teachers: If your school is within 30 or 40 miles of the migration route, you are invited to contact educators and Operation Migration volunteers Gordon and Christine to ask about a classroom visit.
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).