Flights in One! (+
114 Miles )
Whoop-eee! Our heroes advanced a whopping 114 miles today! They were able to skip over the planned stop and continue to Piatt County, Illinois! All 14 birds took off on the wing of today's lead pilot, Brooke. They passed over the town of Sheridan, Illinois. It was cold, but winds out of the NW aloft blew at 15 mph — giving them a great tailwind and a good reason to keep going. (Richard and his one bird, 827, flew an extra 20 miles because the bird would NOT fly over a large wind farm along the route. Richard had to go around it!) What a day to celebrate!
Today's lead pilot Brooke summed it up; "I don’t know if it was my imagination or what, but I swear our birds looked as proud of themselves as we were of them. They had been in the air 2 hours and 20 minutes, withstood teen temperatures the whole flight, and performed beyond our greatest expectations. It is still a long way to Florida, but these wonderful little guys gave us a much-needed morale boost, one we would savor the rest of the day."
Update from Wisconsin:
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).