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Comparing Ultralight-Led Migrations

2001

2002

2003
Target date for departure

October 13

Oct. 7 and then Oct. 10

 
Actual departure

October 17

October 13

 
Number of birds at takeoff

8

17

 
Number of planes

4: lead, chase, scout, top cover

5: 4 ultralights and 1 top cover  
Journey's end

December 3

November 30

 
Number of birds reaching Florida

7

16

 
Total days en route

48

49

 
Number of no-fly days (grounded)

24

28

 
Number of actual flight days

24

21

 
Longest flight

2 hours 9 minutes

2 hours 15 minutes

 
Shortest flight

38 minutes

44 minutes

 
Total Miles South

1217.8

1202.8

 
Number of birds surviving winter

5

16

 
Days on Wintering Grounds
126
121
 

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Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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