No Go. Too Choppy Aloft (+0 Miles)
December 10, 2009: Migration Day 56

Joe and Heather visited 90 Grade 3 students at Huntingdon Elementary, in Huntingdon, TN while the team is grounded in Carroll County, TN.
Photo Heather Ray, Operation Migration

The winds swung around to the WNW last night and the team was hopeful of flying today. Up went a test trike, but the verdict was thumbs down. The trike rocked and wobbled in the choppy winds up high. It's now five days down in Carroll County, Tennessee.

Yesterday's breaking news about the shotgun death of the flock's most valuable bird, female #217, shocks and saddens us. (See more details at the bottom of her bio page.) “To kill and abandon one of the 500 remaining members of the species shows a lack of reverence for life and absence of simple common sense,” said John Christian, regional director for migratory birds for US Fish and Wildlife service.

CraneCam is live each day from about 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. TrikeCam is live during migration flights.

In the Classroom

  • (a) Study today's photo. What part of the chicks' lives do you think Joe might be talking about? (b-for-bonus) Why do you think a reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the killer of crane #217? What would you like to say to the person who shot her? What can each of us do to help prevent events like this?
  • Flock History: How many females remain in the new Eastern flock? (TIP: See KEY QUESTIONS here: The Challenges of Whooping Crane Survival.)

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