a GO! (+
56 Miles )
November 26, 2008: Migration Day 41
Richard was today's lead pilot.
air at last! Many people came to see the
young cranes fly over the tiny town of
Milmine, Illinois as they departed for Cumberland County, IL. Watching,
Liz said, "Over the aviation radio we could
chatter as they struggled to get the birds on the wing." It
took a bit of wrangling, but finally 11 loyal birds formed up
wing. Brooke flew behind them, and Joe and Chris were left to deal
with today's mavericks: #812, 819 and 830.
The whole team worked hard for today's gain, despite bumpy
air at the end, and a broken axel on the pen trailer. But
they're now in Cumberland County, Illinois. The birds got
two pumpkins as a treat, and everyone's hoping to cover
the 63 miles
to Wayne County
can overfly Wayne County and continue, they'll cross into
See the Cranes and Planes Depart!
viewing at departure will be along CR626E (also called Frontage
Road) just east (approx
Road) and just west of CR 575E. Use MapQuest or
GoogleMaps to come up with driving directions from your
home location. You will want to
be on site by sunrise - approximately 6:50AM - and dress
warmly. Also remember, that you could make the trip for naught
are such that the cranes and planes are unable to fly. Assuming
we can fly, there will be a crew member at the viewing site
to meet and chat with those gathered, as well as offer those
interested an opportunity to purchase some OM (Operation
to this audio clip (from 2002)
of the pilots talking with each other and the
ground crew on their radios during a migration
flight. From this and past reports, what are
some inventions that make it possible for this
migration to happen?
the birds had a headwind. The main group
with Richard flew 2 hours, 26 minutes to
cover 55 miles. What was their speed? Normal
crane speed is about 35-38 mph; what effect
did the headwind have?
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).