Go. Too Windy (+0 Miles)
December 3, 2009: Migration Day 49
in the pen
Bev Paulan, Operation Migration
winds blew away any hope for flying. But that will soon change. Weather
for the next two days looks hopeful! For now, it's Down Day #3
in Cumberland County,
may remember that trackers and some crates were needed
to get three of the birds to this stopover. Imagine you are on
crew. What would it be like to get the news that a bird dropped
out and you are called into sudden action? You are in unfamiliar
territory, far from home. How do you know where to start searching?
Will you be in forests? Hills? Flat farm fields? See what it's
like in this story: In
the Tracking Van With Bev.
day from about 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:30
in the afternoon. TrikeCam is
live during migration flights.
List items you would expect
the tracking van
to carry. Why is each important? Compare
your list with Bev's. (b-for-bonus) You
have imagined what the tracker feels, but
what about the crane? How might it feel
to be found, coaxed into a crate, then
ride in a dark, speeding vehicle over bumpy
roads, perhaps with traffic noise all around?
What would you do to make it less stressful
for the crane? For ideas, see Charlie's
the 2007 migration.
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).