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November 21, 2004
Migration Day 43

No Go: Fog Blankets the Refuge
Photo Joe Duff, WCEP

The team hoped to leave Tennessee and cross into Georgia today. Again the weather foiled plans. The pilots sat waiting at the airport, while the pen crew waited in the field near the cranes' pen. Heather and others waited at at the public lookout. All were in radio contact, reporting any changes in the fog. Alas, the fog hung around. Then a fast-moving rain system moved in. For now, they're stuck at  697.2 statue miles at Hiwassee State Wildlife Refuge--with Georgia just one flight away.

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