No Go: Took Off, Turned Back (+0 Miles)
They really tried to leave today, but they are still at the final stop in Illinois. After yesterday's 119-mile flight, some of the cranes wouldn't follow the ultralight upon takeoff. They headed right for a nearby field, which was turned into a sloshy pond after recent rains! It has been too long since the birds had a nice marsh to wade in. "Despite five costumes doing their best, no way were those birds going to be coaxed out of there," reported Liz from the Wayne County site. The pilots knew it would take more than an hour to get themselves organized for another takeoff. That, with the long time it would take to cover today's distance in some winds aloft, was reason enough to give up. So it is Down Day 1 in Wayne County, Illinois—with another state at the next stop!
Teachers: If your school is within 30 or 40 miles of the migration route, you are invited to contact educators and Operation Migration volunteers Gordon and Christine to ask about a classroom visit.