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October 30, 2002
Day 18

Longest Flight Yet!

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Our whoopers flew out of LaSalle County at 7:00 a.m. and landed in Kankakee County at 8:47. They covered 56.3 miles! All 16 birds flew, but there's even more good news: Crane #1 flew the distance beside Richard's wing, making it all the way despite the leg injury. Joe also flew with 1 bird; Brooke flew with all the rest. The weather was overcast and 41 degrees when they left. This is progress to celebrate, and it's the last stop in Illinois! What's the total distance now traveled by this migration? What state is next?

Meanwhile, this tiny flock's wild cousins from Canada's Wood Buffalo flock are probably in the air, too. They are heading for their wintering grounds at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Last year, the first arrivals landed on October 27. As of today, Aransas reports no arrivals whoopers yet. The Aransas/Wood Buffalo flock and the new Eastern flock are being kept separate for a good reason. About This Study tells you more, and helps you get started on today's journaling question.

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  • How many differences can you list between this migration of the new Eastern flock and the migration of the only other wild migratory flock, which travels each fall and spring between Texas and Canada as it has for centuries? Add to your lists to compare and contrast as the migration continues and you receive new information and insights.


Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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