Migration Day 55
Longest Flight Yet
good! The 2004 crane kids whizzed by much of Georgia today! They blew
past THREE stopover sites, covering 153 miles and logging 2 hours and
58 minutes of flight time in their
flight yet. Joe did an air pick-up
with all fourteen cranes. Soon after launching,
#417 dropped out and was picked up by Richard. They arrived in Terrell
County, Georgia in the same formation. Total distance:
961.7 miles gone.
Flying conditions were ideal. A smooth northwesterly wind helped the
flyers push to speeds of 60 mph at times! On the ground below,
the ground crew also zipped along. (Heather got a speeding ticket!)
It all depends on the
weather, but what day do you think they'll
finish? Compare today's
location and remaining stops with previous years.
Last week's all-time high number of cranes (the Western flock) at Aransas
NWR was 213. Even MORE cranes arrived this week! Now Tom Stehn estimates
and the migration is still not quite complete! The 33 chicks counted
are the most to ever arrive at Aransas. Tom says one whooping crane
separated from its parents and was last reported in northeastern Colorado
on November 4th. One white-plumaged crane is still present at
Quivira NWR in Kansas. This bird
is believed to be the third crane shot by a hunting party on November
6th. This bird is being monitored, looks okay, and hopefully will continue
the migration. The one surviving crane of the two shot in Kansas was shipped
from Kansas State University to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center on
November 18th. It is in “guarded” condition.
This! Journaling Questions
today's awesome progress, it's time to get ready to celebrate the
cranes' arrival by folding your own origami cranes to suspend from
the ceiling with string. Find folding directions here.
dangers will the crane-kids need to avoid to stay safe this winter?
cranes grew up among wolves and ravens at Necedah NWR,
while their winter home at Chassahowitzka
NWR is home to a whole host
of other creatures. Write your predictions, then see if you want
to edit after you review what happened to the 2001
cranes during winter.
Then listen to
Ranger Jennifer Rabuck talk about Wisconsin and Florida predators.
How many things can you list that crane experts do to keep the birds safe?
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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