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Endangered Whooping Cranes Complete Florida Migration

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email
Eight endangered whooping cranes have completed their journey to their winter home on Florida

Source | LM Otero, AP Image

Associated Press News Release

ST. MARKS, Fla. (AP) -- Eight endangered whooping cranes have completed their journey to their winter home on Florida's Gulf Coast.

The birds were taught to migrate by humans flying ultralight aircraft. They left Wisconsin in October. On Sunday, they made the final leg of their 1,100-mile trip into St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

It's the 13th migration led by aircraft flown by an organization called Operation Migration. Each fall, the group leads a flock of young cranes south to teach them a migration route. The birds are on their own for the return trip north in the spring and subsequent migrations.

About 450 whooping cranes live in the wild. About 250 migrate between Texas and Canada; they're the only natural and self-sustaining flock. Another flock has been taught to migrate between Wisconsin and Florida.


Associated Press News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Rain showers have delayed eight endangered whooping cranes ready to complete their journey to their winter home on Florida's Gulf Coast.

The birds are being taught to migrate by humans flying ultralight aircraft. They left Wisconsin in October and landed Tuesday in northwest Florida.

The cranes had been expected to fly over Leon County on Wednesday morning on their way to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

It's the 13th migration led by aircraft flown by an organization called Operation Migration. The organization said Wednesday morning that rain showers had closed in on the cranes' flight path, keeping the birds grounded.

The entire journey covers roughly 1,100 miles through seven states.

Only a few hundred whooping cranes remain in the wild.


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