November 23, 2007: Migration Day 42
year's photo showing the view from the Top Cover plane.
Unfortunately, no Top Cover plane was flying today's flight.
Find out why!
At last — weather right for flight! But after
six days grounded, the birds took some convincing to take off and
follow. It took 52
of flying before
they were even able to leave the
at Muscatatuck NWR, and
at one point the pilots had to land with the birds and take off again. It was
a rough and very cold flight that lasted for 1 hour and 45 minutes,
and the pilots were tired, sore, and freezing cold when they finally
landed in Shelby County, Kentucky. They were also worried. Why? Crane
#733 dropped out during today's flight. In an unusual mix up of
plans, there was no top cover plane to watch
over the birds and pilots and get the location of #733's
landing. Without help from top cover pilots, the ground crew had
no GPS coordinates for a likely place to start their search. Brian
van hit the roads, trying to pick up #733's radio signal. They
hadn't found him by dark, but will starting searhing again at first
(a) Look at today's photo to
see the view from a top cover plane that normally flies
ultralights and birds. Write a statement that tells the
importance of a top cover plane to each day of the migration.
(b-for-bonus) What are some precautions the
team takes to keep the young cranes as safe as possible during flight
the ground? As you write your answer, look back at other reports
or think about the daily routine.
Math: Work It! What
total distance have the cranes and planes traveled so far? Do you
think the ground crew has traveled more
miles, fewer miles, or the same number of miles? Explain.
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).