Migration Day 37
Clear skies, calm air and cool temps were the day's first good news. Then,
in the best flight yet, fourteen birds burst out of the travel pen as Joe
Duff performed a picture-perfect air pick-up at 8:06 a.m. Flashes
of white feathers appeared in the spaces between the small pine trees that
shrouded the pen from the ground team's view, until the birds gained enough
to clear the trees. They formed a long, wide line to the left of
the small yellow trike. But as Joe made a wide sweeping turn to the west,
took advantage of the break.
across to line up on Joe's other wing and even out the number of flyers on each
side. Pilots Brooke Pennypacker and Richard van Heuvelen stayed farther west and
as not to distract the young cranes. Still, they were close enough so that if
needed they could quickly get into place if necessary and pick up any birds that
toward their pen. All 14 crane-kids
way for 1 hour and 20 minutes! At 9:26 a.m. Richard landed first
to provide a visual target for the cranes, while Joe circled downward and safely
all 14 cranes to Washington County, Kentucky. Today's flight knocked
statute miles, and it was a welcome break to get LUCKY IN KENTUCKY!
your own map using the latest migration data
This! Journaling Questions
Heather Ray says, "When tracking below in our vehicles, we monitor
the aircraft radios so
that we know if any of the birds are tiring, or
just generally how things are going." Picture yourself in a vehicle,
driving on freeways or back country roads to the next stopover
site. What kinds of things would you be thinking about? What would
be important to you?
- How far
have they come so far? Check your migration
chart to see if updates
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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