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October 23, 2002
Still Too Windy
Today's weather is just like yesterday's, with unstable winds of 10-15 PMH from the
northeast. The cranes are too precious to risk flying with ultralights in such winds.
And how is injured Crane #1? OM's Heather told us: "#1 is fine.... In fact you
wouldn't even know she had a cut and stitches, the way she continues to strut her
Meanwhile, last year's ultralight-led Whooping Cranes are still hanging out in
Wisconsin and not migrating yet. Yearling Cranes #1 and #2 finally have the training
sites to themselves. If they could talk, what fun things do you think they might
be saying to each other now that the "young intruders" have gone?
Try This! Journaling Question
- Green County, Wisconsin was the scene of one of the lowlights of last year's
first ultralight migration. It was here, in this same week, that a windstorm tore
apart the portable pen. The birds all escaped and the flock's best flyer was killed
when she flew into a powerline in the darkness. Read our report from October
26, 2001, which was day 10 of last year's migration. After reading it, write
thoughts in your journal about this: This is an experiment and there will always
be some risks. If you were on the crew, what would be some of your biggest worries?
Why? What do you do in your own life that involves risks, and how do you feel about
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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