Friday, December 05, 2008

Whooping Cranes migrate through Tennessee

Photo by pilot Joe Duff, Operation Migration

Fourteen endangered cranes made it to Hardin County, Tenn., today during their migration from Wisconsin to Florida. Led by four ultralight aircraft, the crane chicks left Necedah National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 17. Their final destinations are Chassahowitzka and St. Marks national wildlife refuges.

The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership coordinates the eight-year effort to reintroduce the endangered species in eastern North America. Currently 68 migratory Whooping Cranes live in the region.

"This is an exciting year for the reintroduction project with the addition of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in the Florida panhandle," said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "We wish the intrepid pilots of Operation Migration all the best with the new route as they enter the Southeast, and hope for a safe and speedy arrival at St. Marks and Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge."
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Blogger OpposableChums said...

What a picture!

December 05, 2008 3:38 PM  
Blogger Birdwoman said...

Wow! That is beautiful!

December 06, 2008 8:26 AM  

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