ALABAMA Two-fer! (+110 Miles)
December 2, 2010: Migration Day 54

Photo: Mark Chenoweth
Why is Cool Air Best for Migration?

Whoop whoop! Three cheers for Richard, who got the cranes aloft, out of this Tennessee valley, and into the SECOND stop in Alabama! With good conditions in the sky, they skipped over Franklin County and soared on to Walker County, Alabama. In two and one-half hours of flying, they gained 110 miles! All ten flew the distance on Richard's wing and are now safe on the ground. What a day! (Click for map.)

This is the third year in a row Richard had the tough task of leading the birds out of this location. It has never been easy. Surely this year was the best of all. Read the amazing reports from 2008 (when they flew 57 miles on Day 57 of the migration and landed in snow) and 2009. When Richard writes his field journal entry, we'll share details of what happened today. Again, the hero in Richard came through. Go TEAM!

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

(a) On this fly day, we have news about crane #2-10. Go to his bio page to see why he hasn't liked to fly. What do you hope will be next for him?

(b-for-bonus) Today's cool temps make a perfect day for the cranes to fly. Why? See and hear: Why is Cool Air Best for Migration? List behaviors that show a crane is getting tired during flight. Why do you think that splaying their feet (spread their toes apart) helps to cool off the crane?

Migration History: How does the 2010 migration compare to the 2009 and 2008 migrations for date and migration day number?

Invitation: Did you vote today in the Pepsi Refresh Project? Your vote helps Operation Migration!

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