time with the chicks. Two curious white yearlings watch!
Photo Heather Ray, WCEP
The 2003 whoopers are ahead of last year's flock by a good
two weeks, and the migration will likely take almost two months to complete.
So why don't they just leave right now? The main reason is that each team
members needs one more visit back home with family before the long migration
begins. They've already spent all summer in Wisconsin, away from their loved
ones. Now, when they are not working with the birds, they are trying to
prepare for all the things that could happen on the migration. When all
of the equipment and people are back in place, it will be time to leave.
As pilot Joe Duff remind us, "If luck and the weather are on our side,
that will be October 8."
With its unpredictable storms and early morning fogs and frosts, autumn
often brings poor flying weather. The birds and ultralights have already
been grounded for many recent days due to winds and/ or rain, so the advantage
of their early readiness might be wearing away. Once migration begins, any
weather delays will add pressure to the already overworked team, not to
mention eating up the funds. So keep your fingers crossed for good weather!
Migration Math: Work
Migration $366,278.13 to raise, train and deliver this year's
flock of Whooping cranes south. What is the cost per mile
for the approximately 1200 miles between the Wisconsin training grounds
and the Florida wintering grounds?
- If Operation
Migration contributions so far add up to two-thirds of the total needed,
how much money is still needed to cover the migration?
50-lb. bag of crane chow costs $15.00. How many of you would it take
to buy a bag if you each gave $1.50?
takes $32.00 to buy 5,000 mealworms for Robo-crane to dispense. How
much would each person in your class need to give if your class wanted
to buy 5,000 mealworms?
takes about $20.00 to fill the fuel tank of one ultralight, which brings
about 3 hours of flight time. What's the gas cost for each hour of flying
- No amount
is too small. Your contributions, tiny or big, can help continue this
historical journey for the survival of the Whooping crane. Visit Operation
Migration's page to find out how you can contribute!
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).