September 11, 2002
Trying to Catch Up
From Operation Migration
(OM) headquarters in Canada, Heather Ray
gives us today's news: "OM pilots have been concentrating their efforts on the
younger group of 10 cranes located at site 4. Since they fledged later than the older
group did, they are somewhat behind and need to catch up. Pilot Richard
van Heuvelen reports that today the site 4 birds all managed to follow his aircraft
for two separate flights of about 3-1/2 minutes. They took a short break between
flights and a few of them even found that 'sweet spot' of beneficial air that rolls
off the wing of the trike, allowing the birds to simply extend their large wings
and 'ride the wave.' As soon as the training at site 4 was completed, the crew set
off to work the 7 older birds at site two. This older group also followed on two
separate flights, but they flew for 7 minutes with a short 2 - 3 minute break between
Two Cranes Flying
Photo Joe Duff for WCEP
Try This! Journaling Question
- These two groups cannot be merged into one unified flock for migration until
they are both flying for about the same length of time. With the hoped-for departure
only 25 days away, do you wonder if the date may need to change? What's your prediction?
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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