again, the weather rules the day. Warming
temps and rain blew in with winds from the south before the team
even awoke this morning.
hot, too cold, just right. Like Goldilocks, the ultralight pilots
know what's best. Each morning around sunrise they look at the
listen to weather stations, or take a test flight in the ultralight plane. Then
they decide if they'll fly. Today: grounded in Green County, WI.
rain, humidity, temperatures — how
do you think each weather factor affects flying with the birds?
predictions, and then click
here for more details from project leader Joe Duff.
Good news! Tomorrow's weather looks good to go. That
means crossing the border into Illinois, where the team will
soon fly the 10,000th mile and 100th bird of the Whooping Crane
Reintroduction that began back in 2001!
out the TrikeCam mounted
on Chris's wing. If you don't see live feed, you can review
archived footage here. See
the CraneCam views of the birds in their pen at Stopover #4:
Green County, Wisconsin!
Journal Question: Yesterday's
lead pilot, Richard, wrote: "About 20 miles from
our destination all of the birds
suddenly charged ahead of the trike, nervously looking to the east.
I looked but I could not see anything. But they were clearly bothered
by something out there. After almost caving my chest in with the
control bar, I finally got ahead of them again. They began to settle
down and then they all resumed their
long line off my right wing
with the exception of 912. He moved over to my left wing and so we
carried on." What things might have spooked the young cranes in the
now! Click on the image to see how to
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