Whooping Cranes and Planes Launch Migration!
September 28, 2012
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They're off! Six juvenile Whooping Cranes began their first fall migration at 7:38 a.m. today on the journey south from Wisconsin to Florida. Here's more good news: They successfully flew right over Stop #1 (just 5 miles from the White River Marsh training site) and onward to Stop #2 (another 14 miles farther). That's 19 miles for Day 1 — and a joyous, lucky start for migration 2012! They're safely penned in Marquette County, Wisconsin.

Migration is a process that requires help the first year of a Whooping Crane's life. That's Operation Migration's job. Pilot Richard launched and led them today, while pilot Brooke flew behind to help any tired birds. Richard landed with five birds while Brooke brought up the rear with Crane #5. Whoop, whoop! We are proud and thrilled to be flying along from our front-row seats!

Whooping Cranes flying with ultralight airplane
Image: Masako Pellerin


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Partial funding for this news update has been made possible through Operation Migration by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Southern Company through the Power of Flight Program.