October 26, 2002
From Wisconsin to Illinois!
Photo OM for WCEP
After five days in Green County, Wisconsin, today's flight was a joyous event for the birds and the crew--even
though the flock gave the team another challenging trip. What happened? The take-off was scattered, partly due
to the pen's location. The landing site used in Green County is in a valley. Powerlines run along one side and
trees along the other. Convincing the birds to climb so soon after their release from the pen was not easy! Joe
made it out of the valley with 6 birds. The other 10 birds scattered. Brook radioed to Joe to keep going, and then
turned back to try a second take-off with the reluctant 10. Brooke, too, made it out of the valley with a group
of 6. The other 4 went back to the pen. Dan Sprague was on the ground at the pen, and Brooke radioed back to Dan
to put the 4 in crates and drive them by truck. All cranes are now together at the first stop in Illinois: Ogle
The 12 flying cranes handled the flight beautifully without getting tired. They flew 1 hour and 4 minutes, covering
47.9 miles. The cranes have covered 139.7 miles. Look at the maps below to see where they were on Day 14 last year.
Map the Migration
Make your own map using the latest migration data
Try This! Journaling Questions
- What happened to Crane #10, the one who collided with the lead ultralight and was injured on Day 1 of the migration?
We have updated the chart about this year's flock with the latest
news. (You'll want to add the facts to the NOTES section of your migration
comparison chart.) In your journal, write about the decision made by the health care team. Would you have done
the same? Why or why not?
- The team thinks they will change landing sites in Green County to a different location next year. Review events
at the Green County stopover this year and last year. Then
write two or more reasons why you think it might be a good idea to change the stopover to another landing site.
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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