Rodeo: Cranes Say NO to "The Beast"
the cranes gained enough altitude to guide them over the first of many tall
ridges that await them in the Tennessee terrain. Today their challenge would
be to tackle "the Beast," the crew's nickname for Walden Ridge.
The cranes took charge and said NO WAY. Here's what happened: The birds
and ultralights took off from Cumberland County, Tennessee at 8:18
(Eastern time) and flew for about 25 minutes, but the cranes would not continue.
Why? A slight headwind,
made stronger by the 2700-foot Walden Ridge, discouraged the birds
and they simply wouldn't stick with the ultralights. The pilots took them
back to Cumberland County and they'll try again tomorrow.
Two in Cumberland Cty.
and Charlie wait (out of sight of the cranes) for Joe to give them
the thumbs up to release the birds 11/20.
of fog linger as Joe gets in place to pick up the cranes.
to Cumberland County, TN, with Joe flying lead and Richard flying
This! Journaling Questions
about the challenge the cranes face. Today they didn't want to
try, in the face of headwinds. When have you faced a challenge
that took you a few tries to get started? Were the other conditions
not yet right for you to feel confident, or were there other reasons?
Write about it in your journal.
migration route has the ground crew dealing with twists and turns
and hills and valleys--not to mention TRAFFIC--for an estimated
1656 miles. That's 431 miles more by ground than by air. How many
miles are left for the cranes to fly? With today's total of 652.7
miles (statute), about how many miles are left for the drivers?
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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