Good to Go Twice in a Row! (+110 Miles)
January 6, 2010: Migration Day 75

Today's lead Pilot Chris, Leaving Chilton County, Alabama this morning! See it live on the TrikeCam.
Photo Captured from Operation Migration TrikeCame


GO CRANES! It's a fine day to fly, so goodbye, Chilton County, Alabama. Again today they were able to skip a stop and land in Pike County, the final stop in the state of Alabama! That's about 110 miles gained, and a place they didn't reach until January 12 on the 2008 migration. With 923 miles gone, we can almost see it: Florida, here they come!


In the Classroom

  • (a) Migration Math. Yesterday's lead pilot Brooke said the GPS showed they were traveling at a breathtaking 67 miles per hour ground speed! If cranes normally fly about 37 mph, how strong was yesterday's tailwind?
  • (b-for-bonus) What do you learn about cranes from Brooke's words about yesterday's events? "As we approached giant smoke stacks from two massive power plants, the birds began to balk at this intrusion into their world, and an even ten broke back from the string of 20 in protest. Richard moved in and picked them up and after some coaxing they rejoined the effort."

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