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December 16, 2010: Migration Day 68

Photo Operation Migration

The arrival flyover flight almost happened for the Chass Five. Joe and Richard took a test flight that dashed hopes. Joe's speed at 1,300 feet was only 14.8 mph. His GPS showed 4 hours and 55 minutes to reach Marion County at that speed. With only 3 hours worth of fuel onboard the ultralights, that would NOT work.

It's the fifth day of waiting for the Chassahowitzka-bound cranes, still in the Gilchrist County pen. Cranes 3-10, 9-10, 15-10, 16-10 and 17-10 must wait another day for their celebration flight. That flight will land the Chass Five to a temporary layover site at Halpata before they reach their final release pen at Chassahowitzka NWR. Why? That's your challenge to find out in today's Journal Question.

NEXT FLY DAY: Arrival Event! See the birds fly over the Dunnellon/Marion County Airport, 15070 SE 111th St. (off Hwy 484E) in Dunnellon, Florida, on their way to Halpata. The flyover should be around 7:30/8:00 a.m. It's almost Celebration time!

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

(a) Their next flight will take the Chass Five to a temporary layover site instead of their final release pen at Chassahowitzka NWR. Why have some crane classes had a brief layover at Halpata Preserve? Read this page to find two reasons:

(b-for-bonus) When the Chass Five next flies, it will be the second time in 2010 for an arrival flyover in Marion County. How do you explain this?

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