Whooping Crane  Migration

Still Waiting to Cross (+0 Miles)
November 25, 2006: Migration Day 52

Image: NASA's World Wind

It’s tricky enough for a pilot to cross over Cumberland Ridge but truly dangerous when birds are on the wing. Unexpected air currents can force a pilot to twist and turn just to keep the plane in the air. The risk of hitting a crane is high during such acrobatics. So, although today is the 3rd day waiting, the unsafe weather means it's the right choice.

There is an old saying among pilots which Brooke remembered today: "It is far better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air, than in the air wishing you were on the ground."

In the Classroom

  • Explore the map: Notice how clearly you can see Cumberland Ridge on the satellite image above. Take a closer look at the challenge the cranes face by zooming in on Google Maps. Begin at Hinch Mountain, the highest point, and travel down Cumberland Ridge.

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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