Searching by Land and Air (+0 Miles)
November 24, 2007: Migration Day 43

The tracking van is getting a workout as the team searches for missing #733.

From the ground it looked like a GREAT day to add more miles to the 506.9 mile total. The pilots launched, but found headwinds aloft to be much stronger than expected. At 500 feet they had a 10 mph headwind. At 1,000 feet the headwind increased to about 20 mph. Joe calculated that under those conditions the fighting strong headwinds all the way. The only decision was to stand down. All thoughts now turned to continuing the search for #733, missing since she dropped out of yesterday's flight.

Meanwhile, everyone is doing everything possible to find #733. Top cover pilots Dave Mattingly and Jack Wrighter took off to search for her signal from the air. Brian Clauss is driving the tracking van. Most of the rest of the team are also in vehicles spreading out northward along the migration path. With clear skies, they believed #733 would likely be flying by mid-morning, making her radio signal much stronger and easier to detect. Best of luck to all of them, and especially to #733.


In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Question:
    How do the trackers find a missing crane?
    Explain how radio signals help locate the cranes. For help, see tracker Lara explain. >>




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