November 1, 2006: Migration Day 28
Hooray! Joe and 18 birds blew out of LaSalle County,
IL for the next stop: Kankakee County, IL. Two birds fell out early
and Brooke swooped in so they could fly with him. Lead
pilot Joe said: "As
expected, #610 took up the lead position. He behaved himself for the
first few miles. Once we reached 1000 feet, he
got bored and began to play." When
Joe later lost a third bird, Richard picked up that bird along
wing of his
the birds and boys didn't stop
at the planned stopover site!
Covering ground at 50 - 52 mph and with all the birds
following well, planes and cranes kept going. They landed in Benton
County, INDIANA after flying 1 hour and 55 minutes. WAY TO GO!
by road, the ground crew was far behind. Waiting
for the pen to arrive, Joe spent enjoyable time keeping the cranes
together on the ground. He said, "To have 18 whooping cranes on
seven-foot wings land all around you is one of the great spectacles
of this project. . . .
I was sorry when the team arrived to move the birds into the pen."
It was 26
degrees F, and the pilots were all freezing cold. Why is it colder
aloft than on the ground? If you were a pilot, how would you prepare
for the cold? Read Joe's
Read about #610's
antics today. Fill in the blank: "#610 would have
been dead a few times by now if not for _____________."
Math: Adding today's miles,
how far has the migration traveled?
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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