Waiting for Migration
January 3, 2012 - January 8, 2012

Cranes in their travel enclosure.

Image: Operation Migration

The young cranes of the Class of 2011 have about 550 miles to go before reaching their winter homes. The autumn weather delays were reminders of the challenges and expenses of saving an endangered species, and then the migration was grounded while the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) looked into issues over a regulation involving the pilots and planes. The team is awaiting a waiver from the FAA so migration can resume and finish. Operation Migration, the organization that trains the young cranes and carries out the actual migration, and the FAA will work together to make a long-term solution so the flights led by these small planes can continue in the efforts to bring back this endangered species. Read more about this turn of events in the Operation Migration Field Journal and keep watching our News pages to see what's next.

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

  • How do you think the birds might possibly be affected by the long delay in one location?

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