Migration Day 48
how hard it is to count the cranes upon take-off! Photo Operation
Goodbye, Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge! The cranes and planes took off this morning
into clear skies, and what seemed like favorable winds. It turned out
to be "a bit of a crane rodeo." They tried for quite a long time to get the
birds to leave. Finally they had to bring
six of the birds back to the pen because they would NOT follow and kept
breaking off. These
their flock mates. The other birds flew for 1 hour 20 minutes to reach stop
16 in Gordon County, Georgia. They climbed to 3300 feet to cross the ridges!
With winds from the north, at times their ground speed was almost 70
mph. Thanks, tailwinds! There's more good news ahead: the weather
right for a flight tomorrow!
our map or make your own with this migration data.
map to enlarge.)
a Migration Journal
Chick #527 flew, but there's reason for concern.
Read the details and then write throughts and
a prediction in your journal.
What does it mean to have a "ground speed" of almost 70
mph? How does the pilot know this? (See Joe's
cockpit instruments to help you answer.)
Migration Math: What's the migration progress
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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