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October 21, 2004
Migration Day 12

Hello Illinois!
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Finally another flight day! The cranes, held up since Day 4 in Green County, flew 35.9 miles across the Wisconsin border line into Illinois this morning before setting their wings to land. Hello Winnebago County!

All 14 whoopers lined up and flew with the lead trike piloted by Richard van Heuvelen. The birds flew together until the last 2 miles of the flight when one bird tired, dropped out, and landed in a harvested cornfield. Brooke Pennypacker landed with the bird and a couple minutes later took off with it again. He nursed it in and landed 9 minutes later near a shallow pond with the others birds.

The morning started out with temperatures of 44 F, and an East- southeast wind at 4-9 mph. Increasing headwinds brought the flight to drop down into the Winnebago County site.

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Try This! Journaling Questions
  • The cranes have now flown four legs of the migration, with distances of 24.8 miles, 22.7 mi., 46.3 mi., and today's 35.9. How far have they flown on the 1200-mile journey south? What percentage of the distance is complete?
  • Today the cranes left Wisconsin at 7:39 AM. They arrived at 9:00 AM (except for the one bird who was helped the last part of the flight. How long did they fly, and what was their average speed?
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Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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