Operation Migration

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Operation Migration has played a lead role in the reintroduction of endangered Whooping cranes into eastern North America since 2001. In the 1940s the species was reduced to just 15 birds. Using ultralight aircraft, Operation Migration pilots act as surrogate parents and guide captive-hatched and imprinted Whooping cranes along a planned migration route beginning in Wisconsin and ending in Florida – as depicted in the Columbia Pictures film Fly Away Home.

Operation Migration is a founding partner of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), the coalition of non-profit organizations and government agencies behind the project to safeguard the endangered Whooping crane from extinction.

Recent Grantee News

05/06/08

Operation Migration

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As you read this, a little group of Rex beneficiaries is settling in for a peaceful summer of domestic tranquility after a long journey.

Political refugees?
No, critically endangered Whooping cranes.