November 18, 2002
Up, Up and Away!
After three days down, the birds were airborne again. This was a day when they really
had to fly high. They reached 3,500 feet over the Cumberland Plateau, which gave
last year's cranes such a hard time. (See last year's Nov.
12 and 13 reports.) The
temperature was 23 degrees F when they left Fentress County, and they had headwinds
in addition to mountainous terrain. But these amazing birds added 65.15 miles, which
means they've come 687.3 miles. Twelve birds flying with Richard landed first, followed
by 1 bird (Crane #9) with Brooke. Last came three birds with Joe: Cranes #1, #18
Read Joe's pilot log entry describing the challenges of this difficult mountain
Up, Up and Over the Cumberland
Map the Migration
Make your own map using the latest migration data
Try This! Journaling Question
- Last year the cranes
reached Terrell County, Georgia (31.78N, -84.45W) on this date, which was Day 33
of that migration. They had covered 980 miles and had only one more stop before they
crossed into Florida. How many days and how many miles are they behind last year's
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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