Flight: Too Windy (+
December 7, 2008: Migration Day 52
Heather Ray, Operation Migration
test trike flying over the little valley where the bird pen is
tucked away, it was clear that a flight in today's winds
would be impossible. The 25-to-30 mph
are the right direction but way too strong. The group gathered
to view the flyover watched Richard's
trike sway and bounce crazily and all the trikes rocked and rolled
in the trashy air at any altitude. It's down-day two in Hardin
to Horse Creek Wildlife Sanctuary and Animal Refuge in
Savannah, TN, folks can watch a departure
flyover. Go to 13780 Hwy 69 South, Savannah, TN. Use the
entrance marked “North Gate” and follow the
road in and to the right, down the hill. Turn right
the sign says "Watermelon Hill" and proceed up the hill
to the viewing stands. Be thre by sunrise, dress warmly,
remember: The weather has the final say in whether they
Eastern Flock Wild Whoopers Migration Update
birds are safely in Florida. A total of 18 birds completed
their migration to Florida, but for some unknown reason four
whoopers headed back north and are in southern Georgia.
Sara is now back north, tracking the Whooping cranes that are
migrating through Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Five biologists are currently tracking the older whooping cranes and the
2008 DAR (Direct Autumn Release) birds along the eastern flyway. Considering
there are 74 free-flying cranes in this population, it’s not easy!
and Story: Joan Garland, ICF
Tracking Team: Richard, Eva, and Sara. Missing: Tom Czubek and Rosemary
Hartman, ICF Tracking Interns.
Activities Today (Sunday)
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).