Migration Day 27
to Indiana! Photo OM
The migration blew out of Illinois and into Indiana with clear weather
and a slight tailwind. They took off at 6:23
a.m, and two hours later landed in Boone County, Indiana. They traveled
92.3 miles, for a grand total of 341.2 miles gone. Best of all, they
skipped the site of Benton County, IN. With
so many down days, it's no surprise that 3 birds turned back. Cranes
#416 and 417 flew about 65 miles before they dropped out.
All were crated and driven to the new
Sizing up the Progress
year, Nov. 5 was day 21 and day 4 of weather delays in Morgan County,
Indiana Joe expresssed this worry about the birds: "Keep
them penned for 5 straight days and they may be reluctant to leave
when the winds finally die down." That's what happened in the
2002 migration, when it took 37 days to reach the halfway point in
Tennessee because of weather delays, yet only 8 days to finish the
trip. During the first half of the journey south they were lucky to
fly once a week. During the second half the weather let them fly every
day! sure enough, several birds turned back or dropped out on the first
half of the migration (the northern end), but all of the birds followed
the trikes on each leg of the southern end. Maybe it will be the same
story for the 2004 migration. Stay tuned!
your own map using the latest migration data
This! Journaling Question
we asked you to identify this mystery photo. It's nets
that cover the top of the bird enclosure. The nets are
bundled up and ready to move to the next site.
Photo Wayne Kryduba
last year's "ultracranes" #304 and #311
landed to roost at 4:30 p.m. just 17 miles northwest of this
year's ultralight flock. Migrating crane #302 was still 10 miles
southeast of the migration team and birds. What does this tell
you about the successful learning they gained from their
ultralight "parents" one year ago?
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Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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