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Migration Target Day + 6
But Not Quite
October 13, 2003, by Heather Ray, Operation Migration at the Necedah
NWR: Adults #102, 205, 208, 216 & 217. Two are standing too
close together to tell apart easily. Can you see the Sandhill Cranes
and Canada Geese with them?
was cool and overcast at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, with northwest
winds. Perfect? Almost. Unfortunately, the winds were 10-20 miles per
hour, just too strong and unstable for inexperienced birds to flap behind
older birds may be starting to feel migratory restlessness, they're not
on the move yet, either. Heather noted yesterday, "None of the experienced
birds have begun migration yet. In fact I just returned from viewing five
of the at the north end of the refuge." She took a photo of the five.
Looking at the numbers, how many of these cranes are two years old? How
many are one year olds?
This! Journaling Questions
that followed the ultralight last year will migrate on their own this
year. How will this year's flight be different from their flight last
year? Do you think the two-year-old birds will have learned some special
tricks that will help them? Will some of the one-year-olds migrate with
some of the two-year-olds? What advantages will the one-year-olds have
if they migrate entirely on their own? What advantages will they have
if they stick with older birds?
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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