for Better Conditions
The wind sock was limp and still this morning — a good sign — so all three aircraft went up to test the conditions aloft. It was a different story at 2500 feet altitude. Maximum ground speed achieved was 15 mph! This would have made the flight time for the 33-mile leg to Hiwassee Wildlife Area more than 2 hours. With an exhausting climb over high ridges ahead, there was no question that they would stand down for today. Distance accumulated: 652.7 miles.
For a detailed idea of what they'll be up against on the next leg of the migration, see last year's flight log entry where pilot Joe Duff described the difficult flight of Nov. 18, 2002. "The Cumberland Plateau and Brady Mountain have always tested us, but thanks to Brooke's determination, all the birds arrived safely." Read Joe's entry here:
While the migration is slowed for the 16 youngest members of the flock, sixteen of the twenty experienced Whooping cranes are now in Florida! See which ones, and find out where the others are, on our Meet the Flock 2001 and Meet the Flock 2002 pages. You can also read progress reports on the ICF Update Page.
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