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November 14, 2003
Day 30

Go Cranes! Adair County, Kentucky
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Hear the speakers on the ultralight calling the cranes as they're let out of their pen to fly another leg of the migration! What a joyous relief it was to lift off this morning and head for the next stopover. The birds flew an hour and 26 minutes, winging their way to Adair County and the FINAL stop in Kentucky. They added 54.7 miles, landing at 9:41 Eastern time.

Come along for a flight--or at least listen in on the radio talk! Heather sent us a collection of radio talk and we put them together so you could hear how pilots communicate during ultralight flights. Remember: these are small, open planes so the sound quality is affected by that. For example, you will hear the ultralight engine. Can you pick out some of these comments in the audio clip, plus any that we missed? (It helps to turn up the volume.)

  • Now airborne. What's your altitude?
  • Light and variable. If anything its out of the northeast showing a no tailwind/no headwind situation.
  • Roger
  • We've got 15 birds, Joe. That last bird is trying to catch you...
  • There he goes. Go, baby (Heather, on the ground)
  • Okay, they're rejoining you, Joe. One on your left--the rest on your right
  • Yeah, Roger.

Audio Clip: Some Pilot Communications During Ultralight Flights

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Try This! Journaling Question
  • With today's 54.7 miles, how far has the migration come?
  • Read the November 13 WCEP press release. As you read it, make a two-column chart. How many differences can you list between the migrations of the wild cranes and the captive-bred (ultralight-led) cranes?


Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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