Birds Grounded, Older Birds Migrating
ultralights and juvenile cranes couldn't fly today, so they're on the
ground in Oldham County, KY. During a test flight this sunny and cool
morning, the GPS showed the plane was covering the ground at only about
8 mph, due to quartering
winds out of the ENE at 12 mph.This means that flying time for
the next leg--a 42-mile flight--would have taken longer than what the
fuel capacity on board the aircraft would allow. Better luck tomorrow?
But don't stop reading...
Ultra-Cranes are Migrating!
excited to tell you that five
"white birds" from the ultralight-led migrations in 2001 and
2002 have begun their unaided journey south! Cranes 202 and 213 took advantage
of north winds to start their migration Friday morning (November 7). This
male/female pair has been hanging out together since returning to the
Necedah Refuge last spring. Also heading south, but independently from
other Whooping cranes, are males 101 and 106, and female 201. At last
word, at least two of them overnighted at Jasper Pulaski State Wildlife
Area in north Indiana. That's making progress! A team from the International
Crane Foundation and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will be tracking
the "experienced" cranes during their southward migration, and
reports will be posted by ICF. What's your prediction about this
year's birds and team meeting up with the older ultra-cranes?
This! Journaling Question
- The older
birds are covering ground faster than the juvenile cranes. Refresh
your memory and write a summary paragraph telling why ultralight
daily journeys are small compared to the distance wild birds can travel.
whoopers do you think will reach the Florida wintering grounds first?
(Just for fun, go back to read Highlights from last year's Day
41, Day 42
and Day 43.)
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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