Smooth Air & Tailwinds! (+62.7
October 29, 2006: Migration Day 25
they flew at 2,000 feet above the ground. This photo
was taken at 1,800 feet. Look over the edge at the
ground below. How do you like the view?!
to Stopover #6: LaSalle County, Illinois
Air as smooth as glass, everyone raring to go, and tailwinds
to push them faster. What could be better after 5 days in
one place? What a day! All 18 birds took
off with Chris, but the 9 that couldn't catch up were picked
up on Joe's wing. Then, when #608 lost some altitude, Brooke swooped
in and gave her his wing to help her along. When they all landed at
Stopover #6, the birds walked
down the mowed path and right into the pen by themselves, neat and
tidy. For once, no treats, coaxing or nudges were
needed! "They must have been looking forward to the food and water
flight," said Chris. Go Cranes! Go Team! Great job!
Journal Question: Pilot Chris said, "At one point during
the flight, all 8 of my birds suddenly dropped below me and began looking
if there was something over the top of us. I could see Don
and Paula way off to the east so I knew they were not what had spooked
the birds. As I descended to gather the birds back onto my wing, Joe
comes over the radio and announces that his birds had done the exact
same thing. We are mystified as to what it could have been, but the
birds obviously saw something they did not like." What do you think
it could have been?
this 6-minute video from National Geographic to get an
overview of last summer's training in Wisconsin. You'll see
views of the new Eastern flock and learn about Operation Migration.
This video also will air on "Wild Chronicles" on PBS stations
the week of November 3-10. Enjoy it with your
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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