Whooping Crane Whooping Crane

October 16-17, 2004
Migration Days 7 & 8

Woeful Weekend Weather in Green County, WI
Going nowhere today.

It was a go-nowhere weekend, with winds just too unstable and gusty for safe flying. Northwest winds at 25 mph grounded them Saturday. On Sunday the pilots found smooth air at 1000 feet, but getting the young cranes to climb to that altitude takes time. It would mean more than 5 minutes of getting tossed about in bumpy air as the birds tried to line up on the wing of any of the three planes. Too risky! This normal autumn weather is tough to take when Illinois is just one flight away. Will tomorrow be better? Total distance traveled: 93.8 miles.

One Year Ago (2003)

This Fall

Map the Migration
Make your own map using the latest migration data

Try This! Journaling Question
  • What is significant about the date of October 16 in the 2003 migration? (See map 2003 above.) Write a statment that compares the first 7 days of last year's migration with the first 7 days of this year's migration. Have you been marking the 2004 no-fly days on your migration chart?

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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