From Egg to Sky Hatch
Timeline of History in the Making
For the first time in over a hundred years, endangered Whooping cranes
once again grace the skies of Eastern and Midwestern North America. Their
story began as it does for all birds, in the confines of earthbound eggs.
In a few short weeks, the chicks grow into the tallest birds in North
America. These special birds will take off on a human-led ultralight
migration this fall, joining the pioneer ancestral flock of whooping cranes
reintroduced in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Each autumn from 2001 until 2005 and
perhaps beyond, ultralight airplanes acting as "parents" will
lead a special few of the year's young chicks on a chosen migration route
site in Florida. Then everyone watches and waits! Will the young cranes
have learned enough to migrate on their own back to their summer home
in Wisconsin? Using radio and also satellite technology, we'll track
the cranes' travels next spring. Come along for this history-making journey
conservation reintroduce a NEW flock of migratory whooping cranes
where they've been gone for over a century!
Share this historic conservation news with your school and
community! It's easy to make a timeline that follows the cranes
from egg to first flight through the chicks' first migration.
When school starts, we'll post Friday e-mail reports with downloadable
booklets. Reading these short, lively booklets helps to catch
up on the chicks' lives so far. Collect
and draw pictures to illustrate events from the time the chicks hatched
last spring. During October and
November our reports will be posted every day of the migration! You can
download those daily reports to complete your timeline--and then join
Journey North next spring to see if and when the chicks return to Wisconsin,
all on their own!
1. Make your timeline into a public display by creating it on a long
wall or in a hallway. Use a string 14 meters long and mark off one meter
month (April 2004 through May 2005). You'll follow the first year of
the lives of the 2004 chicks, and the FOURTH year of the historic project
reintroduce cranes to the East by teaching them a migration route using
for background booklets as well as daily Migration Highlights of the
2004 chicks, posted here:
the Migration Highlights, then summarize the information in your own
words. Download and print the photos provided, then make your own captions.
the pictures and your captions on your timeline at the appropriate dates.
4. Do your
own research and add background information to your display. To begin,
visit the Whooping
Crane Facts and Lessons,
Activities and Information sections of this Web site. Learn all
about captive breeding, imprinting, crane calls, flight formation and
an "Endangered Species Reintroduction Journal." The Highlights will
include open-ended journaling questions for you to think and write about.
students might want to keep a vocabulary list. Watch your vocabulary
grow as the cranes grow!
you made a classroom timeline with this project for the inaugural
year 2001, the second year 2002, or third year 2003, put them up.
As the 2004 timeline grows, compare and contrast milestones, differences,
for opportunities to add artifacts or models to your display area.
For example, make
a life-sized crane. (Whooping cranes are almost
5 feet tall and weigh only about 11-16 pounds.) For demonstration purposes,
include items whose weight matches the weight of a real crane. Or
a 7-foot rope along the wall and compare your "wingspan" with
a whooper's wingspan.
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