Go. Foggy, Windy, Warm (+0 Miles)
In the western Valley of the Tennessee River, it's Down Day #3 in Hardin County, TN. The morning is foggy. Warm south winds mean warm and getting warmer, heading for a high of 61F by afternoon. Winds out of the SW aloft are blowing at 35mph—impossible for cranes and planes.
Meanwhile, all but 11 Whooping Cranes were gone from the new Eastern flock's summer home in Wisconsin by December 7. All nine Direct Autumn Release (DAR) chicks in the Class of 2009 are migrating, but the last 7 DAR chicks (32-09, 34-09, 35-09, 36-09, 37-09, 40-09 and 41-09) didn't leave Necedah NWR until snowy Dec. 11! Were they with older cranes who could show them the way? How far did they get? Did they stay together? Where are they now? Click on their numbers and read more on their bio pages.