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November 19, 2002
Day 38

Fogged in at Meigs County, TN

Photo OM, WCEP

It's a short story today: no flying weather, so they're staying put. Their location in Meigs County is overcast with rain and fog at 43 degrees. If you need a refresher on flying conditions, check our Ultralight Pilot's Checklist and hope for better conditions tomorrow. The team often lets the birds fly on their own to keep them exercised on days when they aren't making a migration flight. The photo at the right gives you a Whooper's eye view of what that might look like!

Updates on the migration flock of 2001 are posted here. You may want to bookmark the site so you can check for the news when the site is updated.

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Try This! Journaling Question
  • Yesterday the cranes had a long slow climb that peaked at 4,000 feet. They had no problems flying over Walden Ridge and coming down into the Meigs County landing site. They have now crossed the highest peak along this migration path, the Cumberland Plateau. Hooray! Take a look at our altitude chart and make some comparisons:
  1. Is the altitude flown by the cranes yesterday above or below the elevation of the Monarch Butterfly overwintering sanctuary (El Rosario sanctuary) in the mountains of Mexico?
  2. Is it above or below the typical maximum altitude of thermals (used by wild migrating cranes) in North America?
  3. Is it above or below the average maximum altitude of a hot air balloon flight?


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Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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