Whooping Crane Whooping Crane

October 27, 2004
Migration Day 18

Still Grounded by Headwinds
Vicky and Mark walk to the pen to check birds. OM

Again? Yes. Thanks to strong winds from the wrong direction, it's another day of no progress. The migration distance remains at 192.1 statute miles traveled.

But don't go away! Let's keep exploring the tiny ultralight planes that lead the migration. Today we ask you to imagine you are the pilot. What does 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!

Try This! Journaling Questions
  • Answer the questions from Come In, Alpha-Kilo-Quebec:
    1. Read the altimeter. How many feet high are you AGL (above ground level)?
    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 air speed?
    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 climb 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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