Halfway There! (+67 Miles)
December 11, 2009: Migration Day 57
they 're off to Hardin County, the final stop in Tennessee,
a distance of nearly 70 miles. Do you see the chase trike
captured from Operation Migration TrikeCam 11/12/09
was cold (15 degrees!) and calm on the ground, and good to GO aloft,
too. The eager birds
on their way again after
six days grounded. Today they
passed the halfway mark of the migration (just barely)!
The take-off aerial rodeo was a bumpy start, but soon they formed
up perfectly and Pilot Chris led all 20 to Hardin County— the
final stop before crossing from Tennessee into
Alabama. What a great
way to end the week! They
are 645 miles into the journey south.
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.
is it important for the pilots to know the
temperature as they get ready? (b-for-bonus) You
are finding that when progress depends
on the weather, anything can happen. If they
good flight weather, what's the soonest date
they could deliver the 10 cranes who will
spend winter at St. Mark's NWR? The other
10 who will spend winter at Chass? (TIP:
Click the "Data" link under the map at the
left to count the remaining stopovers. Cross
your fingers to skip a few!)
be back with today's actual mileage after
they land. Then
you can update your migration
math page. Passing the halfway point
is a good "NOTE" to add to your Migration
Comparison Chart, too!
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).