Hello, TENNESSEE! (+53 Miles)
December 9, 2011: Migration Day 62

Young Whooping crane flies in the "sweet spot" near the wing of the  ultralight plane.

Today's lead pilot was Richard.
Image: Operation Migration TrikeCam

Hooray! They landed this morning in Carroll County, the first of two stops in Tennessee! In yesterday's field journal, Joe explained how the pilot takes clues from the birds to judge how fast to fly. "If they weave up and down or raise their heads to create drag, it's a good indication that a little more speed would help. On the other hand, if they start falling behind, you know you are going too fast." Think about this as you dig into today's questions, and celebrate their progress! Tomorrow looks good for a flight, too.

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

Migration Math: What is significant about today's mileage total in Tennessee when you compare it to the final total of the journey south?

(a) If you watched the TrikeCam today, did you notice the lead bird's legs dropping down sometimes? What do you think the bird was doing? After you answer, click here to see what we think.

Yesterday's flight
leveled at 2,000 feet altitude. What else can you compare to 2,000 feet high? This page can help you.


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