No Go. Rain, South Winds (+0 Miles)
December 13, 2009: Migration Day 59

The crane-kids are in the travel pen for down-day #2 in Hardin County, Tennessee.
Photo Heather Ray, Operation Migration

Weather, weather, weather. Today it's giving rain and south winds to the migration team, which means the second day grounded since The Dec. 11 flight. Alabama waits, and so do we. Pilot Chris wrote: "We have arrived in beautiful Hardin County, Tennessee and it looks like we could be waiting for a couple more days for the right wind and weather conditions." They think it's a great place to be stuck, especially with a few days of warmer weather to get out and appreciate the local sights. (You might enjoy your own research to find out what's special about his area of Tennessee.)

Meanwhile, how are their wild cousins in the Western flock doing? From the wintering grounds on the Gulf Coast of Texas, biologist Tom Stehn reports 230 birds at Aransas NWR and eight known to still be migrating. Tom can can account for 238 Whooping cranes at this point. He is expecting up to 22 juveniles based on August fledging surveys done on the nesting grounds by the Canadian Wildlife Service." Tom projects a "break-even year" with a population total of around 247 birds for this, the world's last remaining natural flock of migratory Whooping cranes.

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

  • Today is Sunday, your day off.

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