No Go. A Cloud on the Ground (+0 Miles)
November 23, 2009: Migration Day 39

How is visibility today at Stopover #7? Would you want to fly?
Photo: Heather Ray, Operation Migration

Fog blankets the ground. Aloft, 15mph winds are coming from due south. Rain, which wasn't forecast to arrive until tomorrow, has started to fall. Three strikes and today's flight is out. Today is Down-Day #2 in Livingston County, Illinois. But don't go away! We've got questions for you, below.

CraneCam will not be LIVE during this particular departure because the pen site is back in a field that is just too muddy to get the camera trailer through. For the handlers to reach the pen it is a mile-long ATV ride across fields covered in standing water from the area's autumn rainfall. The TrikeCam is LIVE each day from 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon.

In the Classroom

  • (a) Water vapor is a gas that has turned into a liquid in tiny, visible droplets floating in the air. When that happens up in the sky, we call it a _____. When it happens down here on the ground, where we are, we call it ____, as seen in today's photo. The reason pilots don't fly ultralights in foggy conditions is because ______________. (b-for-bonus) Are you caught up on the weekend's news? Find out why we had to rewrite Friday's report late in the day. What astonishing thing did 16 independent whooper chicks do? What question would you like to ask the team? You can send it here.

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