Migration Day 45
Calm, But Rains Heavy
remains grounded at stop #15 on Day 45 since leaving the Necedah NWR
in Wisconsin. No whoopers
are leaving Hiwassee State Wildlife Refuge in today's heavy rains.
A large and slow moving low pressure system is dumping rain on an area
State of Tennessee. Operation
Migration's Heather Ray reminds us: "Last
year's ultralight-guided Whooping crane migration lasted 54 days. It required
a total of twenty stopovers,
winter pen located in the salt marshes of the Chassahowitzka NWR in Crystal
County, FL. If we could only get a 20-day stretch of suitable migration weather,
we'd be home a lot sooner."
Remember the migrating ultra-cranes that we
mentioned yesterday? From The State newspaper (Columbia, SC) now comes this
the first time in 150 years, whooping cranes passed through South Carolina
welcoming. One of the five was killed by a predator, possibly a bobcat,
near Cape Romain, according to the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service....A
lone bird made its way to McCormick County by Nov. 9 and most recently
was tracked by transmitter in Colleton County. Four others showed up at
a few days later. The three survivors of that group have drifted into coastal
North Carolina, according to the partnership. The whooping crane was last seen
in South Carolina in 1850. Anyone who spots one is asked to stay at least 600
feet away." See more below.
your own map using the latest migration data
This! Journaling Question
the Press Release
of Nov. 22 to find out the fate of one of the 2003 ultra-cranes
reported in South Carolina. What is WCEP asking of the public
? Why should people stay 600 feet away? Do you think it
is normal, or instead unusual, for these whooping cranes to
be in the Carolinas on their way to Florida? (See map.) Explain
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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