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Migration Day 62
flying today were dashed by south winds at 15 mph and rain moving into
the area. Tomorrow (Dec. 11) does not look good either. But the weather
Sunday (Dec. 12) is forecast to be cooler, with north winds--hooray! If
that happens, the cranes and planes may be able to fly the final 68
in one flight,
completing their migration on Day 64. Please hang in there with us!
takes 40 minutes by airboat to get to the cranes' remote island
enclosure on this huge wildlife refuge.
members repair hurricane damage. They wear rubber wading boots
in the deep mud.
pen" is safer for roosting at night. The cranes could
hear the splash of any predator coming near.
the team keeps busy. Chassahowitzka
NWR Manager Jim Kraus said hurricanes damaged more than 90 percent
of the fencing around
pen. Refuge staff and volunteers joined with volunteers from other agencies and
to repair the damage. (Luckily, no cranes
are present at the pen site.) And now. . .
- The feeders and water bowls
- The vehicles
and ultralights have all been
in all the 2-way radios have been charged.
is ready except the weather.
This! Journaling Question
witness to an earlier take-off described what she heard: "These
huge birds with the 7-foot wingspans are flying overhead but their
voices were the tiny "cheep cheep" of a little chick. I was so
surprised!" How do you explain the tiny voices from such huge birds,
who are known for their loud whooping call? (Hint: see notes on
the hatch year 2003
chicks, and think about the birds' ages now.)
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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