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October 26, 2003
Day 11

#303 Flies With Her Flock Again!
How many miles have they flown so far?
This migration is breezing right along! Today brought relief and joy when female #303 took to the skies in her first flight since her knee surgery October 7. She had Richard's ultralight all to herself, which made an easier flight for her. She flew beautifully above his left wingtip for the entire 56.7 mile leg of the migration. Off Brook's wingtips, the other fifteen birds formed two lines, with eight off the left and seven trailing the right side. All 16 cranes landed at 8:23 A.M. in Kankakee County, their final stopover in the state of Illinois. Heather reports sunny but "c-c-c-cold" weather, and by the time they landed, winds had increased from 5 mph to 20 mph out of the northwest for a rough landing. How did her first leg of the migratoy flight affect #303? The crew saw very little limp upon landing. She's back!

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Try This! Journaling Questions
  • Remember to mark your Migration Comparison Chart each day, noting with tally marks whether they flew or not, and writing any noteworthy details you'll want to remember.
  • What are some adjectives that describe #303? If you could give #303 a name, what would you call her? Does she remind you of anyone you know? Explain.


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

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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