Holding Pattern: No Finish Today
Fog on the ground and headwinds aloft from the SSE will keep the migration team and cranes from completing the journey south today. Tomorrow's weather forecast still looks possible. They're sooooooooo CLOSE!
The public is invited to see the cranes fly over the Crystal River Shopping Mall on the final leg of their journey. The Mall is located on US Hwy #19 at the north end of the town of Crystal River. Spectators will gather on the grassy area at the northwest entrance to the mall. Will tomorrow be the lucky day? Stay tuned!
How did this whole project get started? Way back in 1997, Journey North printed a story about an early attempt to use an ultralight with whoopers. Then, in 2000, Operation Migration pilots, who pioneered the technique of using ultralights to lead birds on migration in the hopes of using it to help endangered species, paved the way for the migration you are reading about now. Read both accounts. Then make a 3-column chart and see how many differences you can find between the migrations of 1997, 2000, and 2004. What important things have experts learned along the way?
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