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November 18, 2001
Day 33

Another Successful Flight

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Sunny and 54 degrees meant no frost or fog to worry about, and the team was off to an early start. They were airborne at 7:25 a.m. but met with a 4 mph headwind when they got aligned south. This slowed down their projected flight time of 1 hour 20 minutes to an actual flight time of 1 hour 32 minutes. Today's flight covered 45.7 miles, bringing the total mileage up to 980. At 8:57 a.m. Joe landed with 5 cranes, and Deke flew with his usual lone crane. One more stop in Georgia and the cranes are Florida bound!

We asked you to journal about why this particular route between Wisconsin and Florida was chosen by the flight team. You may remember that this migration experiment follows the "model" worked out last year with non-endangered sandhill cranes, so they're repeating the route. Also, if taken through Mississippi, the cranes might be tempted to stay there or in Louisiana on future trips. Studies have shown that crane food sources and habitat there are not as suitable as in Florida. This tiny flock needs every possible advantage to ensure their survival in the wild.

Try This! Journaling Questions

  • How many minutes did the headwind add to today's flight? How far would they have flown in about the same length of time without the headwind?

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