Friday, December 28, 2007

Operation Migration at Space Coast festival

From Florida Today:

Highlights of this year's festival are two presentations by Joe Duff, co-founder and CEO of Operation Migration, the nonprofit organization dedicated to saving endangered bird species like the whopping crane by introducing them to safe migratory routes.

"This is one of the most exciting things that (has) happened to the festival," said Harris. "He'll be showing us how the program works."

The program to teach whopping cranes to migrate by following ultralight aircraft has been called the "wildlife equivalent of putting man on the moon."

The cranes follow the pilots from Wisconsin to Dunellin, Florida.

As an ultralight pilot, Duff has racked up more hours of flight alongside more species of birds than any other human.
Duff will speak once on Jan. 25 and once on Jan. 26. You can find more details at Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival.

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