TENNESSEE! (+60.1 Miles)
Brooke had a good start with all 17 birds taking off for the next stop: Cumberland County, Tennessee! The pilots reported slightly choppy air as they climbed, but once they were above 400 feet the air smoothed out. But the tailwind turnd to a headwind and the flight became 2.25 hours of clouds, low visibility, updrafts, downdrafts, and freezing fingertips for the pilots. Joe said, "The conditions made for the most difficult flight in recent memory," but they're now safely on the ground. Brooke and Richard each landed with 6 birds, while Joe led 3 and Chris 2. They are just one stop (and a challenging flight) away from Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge where many of the older whoopers are hanging out. The suspense is building; the chicks' first meet-up with mountains comes next!
In the Classroom
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).