No Go in Headwinds Again (+0 Miles)
October 16, 2010: Migration Day 7

Photo Trish Gallagher, Operation Migration

Still at 23 miles gone. Winds out of the SSW at 7 mph mean a direct headwind on a flight to stopover #2. Today's winds are the opposite of yesterday's. Tailwinds on the flight down to the pen site to pick up the birds yesterday made it like riding a Polar Express screaming southward, said Brooke. When his control bar began to dance "as if someone had just begun playing their favorite rap tune," the pilots knew the growing turbulence was a clear signal to leave the birds on the ground yet another day. Then all three aircraft turned back to the hangar into headwinds so strong that Brooke compared it to the earth passing beneath them at a rate equal to a man standing completely still on a picture of Wisconsin! That's what the birds and planes would have faced if they headed south today. Keep hopes for better conditions tomorrow!

Today is Saturday. No questions, but some famous words from pilot Brooke:

“It is far better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground.”

- Brooke Pennypacker

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