Whooping Crane Migration Update: February 16, 2007

Today's Report Includes:

#615 Houdini: the Amazing Storm Survivor! >>
Photo Sara Zimorski
The Tragedy: Great Loss in a Single Storm

The Florida storms of February 2nd brought tragic news about the young cranes we tracked south last fall with the pilots of Operation Migration leading the way. Seventeen of this year's 18 cranes died in the storm.

One ray of hope and joy came two days later when a lone survivor was discovered, Crane #615.

We encourage our readers, who followed the daily lives of these 17 splendid lost spirits, to support the Operation Migration team as we all look ahead to the migration of Fall 2007.

This tragic event is a powerful reminder of the conservation challenges whooping cranes face. The new Eastern Flock dropped from 81 to 64 cranes as the result of this single storm. The Whooping Crane reintroduction effort needs your support and involvement. Thanks to the many people who have extended a caring hand and offered words of encouragement to the dedicated people involved.

After the Storm: Helping Students With Grief

"During the week following the chicks' deaths, our class was involved in a multi-faceted grief management program," wrote teacher Margaret Black of Ontario. "From the very beginning, I taught my students that we need to comfort others."

Margaret helped her students meet grief head-on and actively work through their feelings. In describing the steps she took, she shares her wisdom and gives us the language that we need.

  • Helping Students With Grief >>

Teachers share their stories

Looking Ahead Memories, Challenges, and Hopes

The whooping crane team is not giving up!


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Tom Stehn's report

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Sara Zimorski's report

Two experts from the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership help you understand the winter's events. Sara and Tom share their hopefulness about the spring migration and what's next! (What nickname does Tom give #615?) Welcome to a new chapter in the whooping crane story. It's sure to be one of adventure and hope.

Journal Question: What's the Good News?

After reading Tom's and Sara's reports, how will you answer this:

  • What good things can we celebrate about today's status of endangered whooping cranes?

Write down your ideas in your Whooping Crane Journal. >>

Where Are They? Visit the Winter Grounds (Slideshows)

Hunkered down today on their wintering grounds are all the world's wild migratory whooping cranes: a total of 237 in Texas and 63 in Florida or other states in the East. Take a trip to the wintering grounds — from the air and on the ground — to see where the whoopers are!

  • Western Flock Slideshow >>
  • Eastern Flock Slideshow >>

Photo Sara Zimorski

Where is #615 now?

Getting Ready: Let's Track the Migration!
Click for migration animation >>
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We'll share data as the migration unfolds along the routes you see on the globes. Starting next month, you'll see the migration progress of both flocks — ALL the world's migratory whooping cranes — live on our MapServer!
This Week's Crane Resources
  • Teachers: Getting Started >>
  • Photo Journal: How Are Scientists Bringing Back the Cranes? >>
  • Lesson: The Challenges of Whooping Crane Survival >>
  • Whooping Crane Migration Journals (click-and-print) >>
  • Whooping Cranes for Kids (booklets, photos, videos) >>
More Whooping Crane Lessons and Teaching Ideas!

The Next Whooping Crane Migration Update Will Be Posted on March 2, 2007.