November 8, 2007: Migration Day 27
is yesterday's wonderful
flight. How many birds are flying with Chris right after
take-off? Where is the chase
plane, and why?
thanks to Susan Popp, Craniac who was lucky enough to see
Winds are straight out of the south today, and you know what that
is that tomorrow is still
to be a
day. It might be SO great that they can skip right over the next stopover to
continue even farther. The Operation Migration staff is trying to find a site
for crane fans to view
Journal later today for details! The birds
and team have come 249.8 miles of their 1250-mile journey.
What kind of mischief could a crane possibly do while flying? See
today's Journal Question for that and more!
726 has figured out something that's pretty scary for the pilots,
and Chris tells about it in the newest entry on #726's life story
shows what they might have seen during the flight. "The
birds kept staring at the occasional jet traffic overhead,
billowing smokestacks. . . Our descent at the
end of flight was smooth and the birds looked happy in
their familiar pen in their new surroundings," wrote
Chris. Imagine you are one of the young cranes
on this flight. Write a paragraph that tells what you
see and how you feel, when you never saw sights like this
when you were being so carefully raised and shielded from
any human sight, sound, or activity. What is the purpose
of taking such care when raising these very special birds?
Math: Work it! Chris reports that yesterday after take-off
the pilots and birds all continued to climb after encountering
feet that smoothed
out above 2,000 feet. The tailwind was a bit less than expected,
about 6mph, giving a groundspeed
of 44 mph. At what rate would they have covered ground if there
had been no tailwind?
"We talked amongst ourselves about skipping a site, eager to
be farther along the route," said Chris, "but wondering if the
birds could handle
the extra hour or more of flight time. We eventually decided
to stay with our original plan and be happy with no birds being
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).