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November 20, 2004
Migration Day 42

Going Nowhere
Pen site in Meigs County, Tennessee. Photo OM

The team is standing down today under full Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). It's 50 degrees and calm, but clouds make visibility so poor that pilots cannot fly safely by their vision alone. These conditions cover all of southeast Tennessee and north Georgia. So. . .they'll spend another day at Hiwassee State Wildlife Refuge iin Meigs County, TN.


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Try This! Journaling Question

  • Speaking of instruments, the ultralights are equipped with vertical speed indicators. "With full power the airplanes can climb at 750 to 1000 feet per minute," says OM pilot Joe Duff, "but the birds can only climb about 100 feet per minute." Getting them up to 4000 feet takes a long time and uses a lot of their energy." How long might it take the birds to climb up to 4000 feet so they can safely clear the mountain ridges on this part of the migration route?

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

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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