Longest Flight Yet! (+62.8 Miles)
November 3, 2007: Migration Day 22

Photo Jamie Johannsen

Brooke took off with all but one of the 17 chicks in wonderfully calm air with a tailwind that pushed them to LaSalle County, Illinois one hour and 23 minutes later! After Chris coaxed the reluctant 714 skyward, "everybirdy" was beautifully on course. . .until a few minutes later when some broke off Brooke's lineup. Richard and Joe moved in to pick them up in the usual rodeo roundup. Brooke said, "I BEGGED the birds to follow." They did! He finished with ten. Both#727 and #710 went the distance with no misbehaving, and little #733 flew her heart out and ALMOST made the whole trip. Brooke said the birds seemed to enjoy the flight. Could it be because the tailwinds added 15 mph to their usual airspeed and cut down the flying time to their destination? What a GREAT day!

In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Question:
    (a) What does Brook call #703's "signature" move? Find out on #703's life story page ( Nov. 3 entry) for the answer. Would you expect this behavior from #703, given his history? Explain.
    Chris waited to take off until Brooke and his birds were airborne today. Why do you think the chase pilot doesn't take off at the same time as the lead pilot?
  • Migration Math: Work It! How many miles did they fly today, and how long did it take? Calculate the rate at which the birds flew. If they hadn't had the tailwinds, how would their rate of speed been different?

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