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Comparing Ultralight-Led Migrations

2001

2002

2003
2004
Target date for departure

October 13

Oct. 7 and then Oct. 10

October 8
Actual departure

October 17

October 13

October 16
Number of birds at takeoff

8

17

16
Number of planes

4: lead, chase, & scout ultralights and one top cover

5: four ultralights and one top cover
5: four ultralights and one top cover
 
Journey's end

December 3

Nov. 30

Dec. 8
Number of birds reaching Florida

7

16

16
Total days en route

48

49

54
Number of no-fly days (grounded or turned back)

24

28

34 (includes 4 days when they turned back and made no progress)
Number of actual flight days (progress made)

24

21

20
Longest flight

2 hours 9 minutes

2 hours 15 minutes

3 hours 4 minutes(200 miles)--covering most of GA. New record!
Shortest flight

38 minutes

44 minutes

41 minutes
 
Total Miles South

1217.8

1202.8

1191
Number of birds surviving winter/returning to Wisconsin

5

16

16 survived but 12 returned to WI . (#319 was killed in summer in MI by bobcat; 3 others stayed in MI all summer.)
 
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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