Today It's the Clouds (+0 Miles)
December 14, 2007: Migration Day 63

On a no-fly day, lucky students in Lori Trout's classroom at Kennedy Montessori got a visit from pilot Chris and ICF's teacher Joan Garland when the Operation Migration team was camped near them in Kentucky.
Photo Lori Trout

STILL stuck at 680 miles gone. The flying temperature is good and the winds are right, but the clouds are forming a low ceiling at at 1,100 feet. The pilots could not find a way to safely get over 'The Beast"
—the high ridge of mountains in the flight path. All four trikes launched, but couldn’t find any way to gain enough altitude and still have visibility.

Across much of the nation, wintry weather rages. It's time for the cranes to complete their migration. Journy North is putting out the word on behalf of Operation Migration: the team needs good weather as much as funds to pay for crane chow, gas for the planes, and other essentials. As newspaper writer Val Cunningham put it, "Give the gift of flight to 17 young whooping cranes followng an ulralight aircraft on their first migratory journey. Mile Maker sponsorship helps Operation Migration lead the endangered young cranes to their winter refuge." Now a generous donor will double your money by matching it for anyone who donates the sum of 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, or one mile! Details >>

Liz of Operation Migration reminds everyone that once they reach the next stopover location (Meigs County, TN) the public can view their departure from the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge. Directions >>



In the ClassroomToday's Journal Question: (a) What question would you ask if one of the pilots visited your classroom?
Imagine you are the pilot who will lead the birds across the mountain ridge. Replay all the parts of a take off and a landing in your mind. Then list what you want in a good stopover site. Compare your thoughts to those of pilot Joe Duff. >> What makes a good stopover site for an ultralight-led migration?



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