who came to watch the departure got to see some great views,
but the winds and clouds over the mountain ridge made it
too unsafe to cross.
Photo Operation Migration
Today the 4 ultralights and
17 birds launched on this cold morning and headed for The Beast. But the
pilots could not get over the ridge. The 35mp winds aloft were
more than the cranes and planes could handle. Ice was forming on
the aircraft wings, and the bottom of the clouds were below the
top of the ridge, meaning no visibility in crossing. The decision
was made in the
give up and fly the birds to
a pen site used in previous years, 10.2 miles away. Today's flying
exercise was good for the birds. It reminded them of what their
job is after 10 days on the ground! What's next? More news tomorrow.
Journal Question: (a) Have you ever had to try two or three
times to do something difficult? Were you finally successful? What
did you learn from that?
(b-for-bonus) Why do you think the
pilots took the birds to a new pen site instead of
the past 10 days? (HINT: it has something to do with the birds' health.)