Arrival Flyover for Chass Five! (+59.1 Miles)
January 14, 2011: Migration Day 72*

Photo Frances Brown

Mission almost accomplished! After being penned at Gilchrist County
since Dec. 11, the five cranes headed for Chass gave pilots Joe and Richard a real rodeo upon takeoff! Finally they were airborne about 8:24 a.m. By 10:20, crane-kids #3, #9, #15, #16, and #17 had flown from from Gilchrist County to Marion County, Florida. The pilots led them over a grateful, thrilled crowd at the Dunnellon-Marion County Airport for the arrival celebration. Joe had four birds and Richard had one (see photo). Then they landed the five birds at the Halpata pen. (More news and photos coming.) Will the "Chass Five" finish their migration to the release pen on Chassahowitzka NWR tomorrow? The weather is totally in charge! Either way, we'll cover the day's events to keep you in your front-row seat for the Class of 2010's story. Stay tuned!

*After the stop-out that began Dec. 17, the team resumed numbering the days on January 12.

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

(a) Migration Math: How long was the flight time?

(b-for-bonus) What do you think was the main worry today for pilots Joe and Richard? (Look in the text above for a big clue.) Watch the Citrus County, FL weather maps and make your own prediction for when the FINAL migration flight will happen.

Classrooms in Action: Mrs. Trubelhorn's students from Tampa Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida, attended the flyover at Dunnellon, Florida in three previous years. What did they see last year? Click here to find out.

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