Whooping Crane Whooping Crane

November 20, 2003
Day 36

Goodbye Kentucky, Hello Tennesssee

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Whew! After five delay days in Adair County, weather allowed the cranes and ultralights to lift off today in what was the longest flight for these birds so far: 74.9 miles! They landed at 10:44 Eastern time, happy to get fresh water and crane chow in their new surroundings. Hooray! Today's flight was one hour and 51 minutes--something to note on your Migration Comparison Chart. For a preview of what's ahead for the birds, check out last year's migration report for this day.


Map the Migration
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Try This! Journaling Questions
  • If you were on the flight or ground team, what would you like best about traveling with the migration? Many people ask the crew that question. Heather once said, "Besides the pleasure and sheer joy experienced each day we have the privilege of seeing these awe-inspiring cranes flying toward their new winter habitat, the very best part is actually two parts combined. It's the method we are traveling, shared with the fantastic and genuine people we join at each of our stopover locations." And here's Joe, telling you how he feels about what he does:

Audio Clip: Joe Duff Talks About Flying With the Cranes

  • What's the average distance covered per day (a) for the days on which the cranes have actually flown? (b) for the 36 days of the migration so far?

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

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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