Moving Ahead, Looking Back (+48.6 Miles)
November 25, 2007: Migration Day 44

Photo Chris Gullikson

After a flight of 2 hours, everyone is safely on the ground in Washington County, KY, but it looked for a while like a no-fly day. Light rain fell between their Shelby County pen site and today's destination, and the forecast called for more of the same. But the team decided to press onward. Richard led off with 15 birds while Joe coaxed #721 out of the pen. Then Brooke swooped in as six birds dropped off Richard's wing. Joe and Brooke fought through trashy air to keep those six birds flying. The crane-kids did a great job under tough conditions, fighting a 12 mph headwind all the way. One bird amazed everyone by turning back from Joe's wing, then turning around to fly hard from way behind to catch up again with the little group on Joe's wing. All of them are flying with heart and determination to cross Kentucky. Thunder storms and high winds are coming into the area, but some wonderful volunteers offered hangar space so the planes could be inside tonight.


In the Classroom

  • Today's Journal Question: (a) What's the total distance flown with today's miles included?
    The search continued for #733 but she wasn't found today, either. What is another "lost crane" story from the 2004 migration? Find out when you click on your Comparing Migrations chart, click on the 2004 heading and scroll to the NOTES at the very bottom of that page. What note will you make on your own Comparing Migrations chart today?
  • Migration Math: Work It! Skim today's report for miles flown and time in the air. How many miles per hour did they travel? Use other information in the report to explain why.

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