Migration Highlights
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Fall 2002
Target date for departure
Oct. 7 and then Oct. 10
Actual date for departure
October 13
Number of birds at takeoff
17
Number of birds surviving fall migration
16
Date migration ends
Nov. 30
Total days of fall migration
49

Number of actual flight days (progress made)

21

Number of no-fly days (grounded or turned back)

28
Longest flight (in distance)

107 miles (2 hours, 15 minutes)

Total miles flown
1227.8
Days on Wintering Grounds
121
Number of birds before spring migration
16
Number of birds surviving spring migration
16

NOTES:

  • Crane #10 was injured during flight on the first day of migration and euthanized 12 days later.

  • They got "behind" last year's migration progress at Boone County, Indiana when weather delayed them Nov. 4. But later they made up for lost time and finished in 49 days (compared to 48 days in 2001).

  • The cranes and planes landed in separate locations on two days, but reunited to fly together again.

  • Four yearling cranes from last year's ultralight flock beat this year's ultralights and chicks to Chassahowitzka, taking just 6 days for their complete migration!

  • On some days, not all 16 cranes managed to fly. Those who didn't fly had to be driven in ground vehicles. On November 24, NINE birds had to be boxed and driven!

  • This year they crossed Georgia in just 3 days. (Last year they were stranded there by bad weather on several days.)