Migration Day 18
Grounded by Headwinds
and Mark walk to the pen to check birds. OM
Yes. Thanks to strong winds from the wrong direction, it's another
day of no progress. The migration distance
remains at 192.1 statute
go away! Let's keep exploring the tiny ultralight planes
that lead the migration. Today we ask you to imagine you are the pilot.
it feel like
to bump along the grass "runway" in an ultralight aircraft,
picking up speed--and then lifting off, wind flapping your sleeves
and pantlegs? Here's a chance to read
all those dials, and also to peek at the ground from 1800 feet!
This! Journaling Questions
Read the altimeter. How many feet high are you AGL (above ground
2. Which button would you push if you wanted to broadcast this
sound to the birds?
3. Find the airspeed Indicator. How many miles per hour are you
traveling through the air?
4. What instrument will you use (it's missing from the photo)
to find your ground speed? What makes ground speed differ from
5. What is the name of the dial or instrument that tells how
fast you are traveling up or down in feet per minute? Which can
faster--the ultralight or a Whooping crane? How many minutes
could it take a Whooping crane to climb to 4000 feet?
6. When talking to the airport, what letters would you use to
identify yourself over the radio?
7. At how many RPMs is the engine turning right now?
8. If those are your legs in the photo, how can you tell that
you aren't flying with the cranes today?
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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