One More Makes It (to Stopover #1)
October 10, 2011: Migration Day 2

Young Whooping crane flies in the sweet spot near the ultralight's wing.

Photo Operation Migration

Another takeoff? Yes! More migration progress? No. The pilots tried, tried, and tried again to lead the seven "leftover" crane-kids to stopover #1, where three ace-flier flock mates arrived yesterday. All seven took off on the first try with Richard's ultralight, but the promising start soon fizzled. The good news is that #4 flew with Richard all the way. Now four girls are at stopover 1: #4,#2, #7, #12. In more good news, Joe reports he flew with #1 and #5 "way north out over the marsh, and #1 was locked onto the wing." Even though they turned back to their old pen, no one's worried yet. Beginnings are never perfect, but just wait! They'll do us proud as they gain practice, build endurance, and catch the joy of flight.

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

  • (a) The pilots tried hard to get the dropouts to take off again and fly with the ultralight to stopover #1. Why do you think the pilots would rather have the birds fly than be crated and driven to the stopover? (b-for-bonus) What problems might have come up if the pilots had tried the birds a fourth time today? Tell about a time when YOU tried something, had poor results, and then decided it would be better to wait and try again later. Was it a good decision for you? Explain.
  • Mapping and Charting: Use the data link (at the left) if you are mapping the migration. Chart the distance and begin to fill in the daily data chart, using a tally mark to show a fly-day that advances the migration. It takes approximately 23 days of good flying conditions to reach the goal. Go Cranes!

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