Yes! Past Halfway There! (+67 Miles)
December 11, 2009: Migration Day 57

Today they 're off to Hardin County, the final stop in Tennessee, a distance of nearly 70 miles. Do you see the chase trike following?
Photo captured from Operation Migration TrikeCam 11/12/09

It was cold (15 degrees!) and calm on the ground, and good to GO aloft, too. The eager birds are on their way again after six days grounded. Today they passed the halfway mark of the migration (just barely)! The take-off aerial rodeo was a bumpy start, but soon they formed up perfectly and Pilot Chris led all 20 to Hardin County— the final stop before crossing from Tennessee into Alabama. What a great way to end the week! They are 645 miles into the journey south.

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) Why is it important for the pilots to know the temperature as they get ready? (b-for-bonus) You are finding that when progress depends on the weather, anything can happen. If they get good flight weather, what's the soonest date they could deliver the 10 cranes who will spend winter at St. Mark's NWR? The other 10 who will spend winter at Chass? (TIP: Click the "Data" link under the map at the left to count the remaining stopovers. Cross your fingers to skip a few!)
  • Recording Data: We'll be back with today's actual mileage after they land. Then you can update your migration math page. Passing the halfway point is a good "NOTE" to add to your Migration Comparison Chart, too!

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