Operation Migration has played a lead role in the reintroduction of endangered Whooping cranes into eastern North America . In the 1940s the species was reduced to just 15 birds.
Between 2001 – 2015, Operation Migration pilots used ultralight aircraft and played the role of surrogate parents to guide captive-hatched and imprinted Whooping cranes along a planned migration route, which began in Wisconsin and ended in Florida.
Going Forward… Operation Migration remains committed to the eastern flock. With just over 100 Whooping cranes in the flock, OM will assist with the release and monitoring of Parent-Reared crane chicks and track their fall migration. Their staff will monitor nesting birds in the spring to help determine the cause of chick mortality, by documenting the movements and behavior of pairs with chicks. They will use ground observations and, radio telemetry to gather data.
They will also assist with captures for transmitter replacement because as we all know; batteries don’t last forever. They will also stream live video via their CraneCam from the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area beginning in April.
Their Mission - To promote the conservation of migratory species through innovative research, education and strategic partnerships.
Their Vision - They envision a world where Whooping cranes and wetlands are no longer threatened because people take action to protect them.See more