Trying to Cross Alabama (Total Gone: 703 Miles)
After two long weeks in Hardin County, Tennessee, the birds may have thought they were home: Only two cranes followed the distance to Winston County, Alabama! Wrong-way winds or low cloud ceilings have kept them here, at stopover #15 of 22, despite two more attempted takeoffs since arriving. Pilots wrangling an hour in the air on Dec. 14 with unwilling birds that refused to stick with the planes in headwinds. Pilot Joe summed it up: "They understand that it is wiser to save your energy for days when the wind helps instead of hinders. And maybe that morning was a lesson the students taught the teachers." How many Stopovers remain before the journey south is done? Our crane bio pages are updated each each flight day. Until our next weekly summary on Dec. 23, see daily updates at Operation Migration and live action on the crane cam.
Journey North is presented by Annenberg Learner.