Whooping Crane Whooping Crane

November 26, 2002
Day 45

Soaring Ahead


Flying high!


How can you tell this is a HY2002 Whooper? Photos OM, WCEP

For the second day in a row, the HY2002 whoopers and ultralights skipped over a stop to the next one, making up for time lost due to weather delays. Flying for 2 hours and one minute, this year's cohort gained another 98.8 miles! All 16 birds flew, which hasn't happened for several days. They're on the ground at site #17 in Terrell County, Georgia. Whoopee!

With clear skies and 8-MPH tailwinds, and 37 degrees, today's flying conditions were great. Do you wonder why they don't just keep on flying? Ultralight pilot Joe Duff explains some reasons here:

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Try This! Journaling Questions
  • With today's 98.8 miles, how far has the migration come? How many miles of the 1225-miles journey are left?
  • How can you tell the whooper in the photo above is from this year--hatch year 2002?
  • Why are ultralight journeys small compared to the distance wild birds can travel?

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

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