Flyover! One to Go, Later Today? (+60 Miles)
January 19, 2010: Migration Day 88
EXCITEMENT! The cranes and planes waited out
the fog, took off, and Richard landed them at the Halpata pen
site — with about one gallon of fuel left in his tank! They
flew over a huge welcoming crowd at Dunnellon airport, and the
flyover celebration was LIVE on the CraneCam. Here's
Richard telling about the flight. This morning's
air was neutral: no headwinds, no tailwinds. If cranes
fly at about 37 mph, how long did the 60-mile flight
to Halpata take?
flights for the "Chass
Ten" may not be over! With just
one more flight and 26 miles to touchdown at their new winter pen,
they are making hopeful plans to try it this afternoon. Please
2:57 pm CST: A test flight (see short
video clip of trikes returning)
fought 12 mph headwinds, so they decided it was a no go for this
and TrikeCam (flight)
• (a) Only
one adult whooper is currently at the Chass
pen. Why would an adult crane return to the
release pen when it has so much other Florida
marsh to choose? Why is the team relieved
just ONE bird is there? Why don't they want
any of the older birds there? For
help, see our slide show: Eastern
Cranes on the Florida Wintering Grounds.
• (b) After yesterday's flight, pilot Chris wrote: "I
began to circle, trying to coax the birds down who were following well but still
and enjoying the thermals that were giving them free lift. Joe landed on the
field below us and had his vocalizer turned up to help coax the birds down. I
kept circling the field hoping to lure them down but they must have caught some
good thermal lift and began to spiral upwards. We had too many trikes causing
a distraction in the sky so I elected to land with Joe and watch while Richard
and Brooke tried to round up the spiraling cranes
who seemed determined to keep flying. At one point they actually disappeared
from view as they went up into a cloud, but then thankfully reappeared again.
This went on for 20 minutes, but eventually Brooke and Richard got them convinced
to land next to Joe and I." How do these actions show problem-solving by the
team? How have you done problem solving with a team?
year Mrs. Harrison's class raised $1145.03. This
year's class beat that amount by $33.18. How much
did this year's class raise? Meet these second
graders, check your answer, and see photos
Harrison's "Classrooms in Action" page.
2. For the third year in a row, Mrs.
Trubelhorn's students from Tampa Preparatory
School in Tampa, Florida, attended the flyover at
Dunnellon, Florida. What did they see today? Click here to
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).