Via National Geographic, Led by Aircraft, Cranes Reach Finish Line of Migration:
“[Tuesday] morning a group of endangered whooping cranes led by ultralight planes completed their 1,234-mile (1,985-kilometer) winged migration from Wisconsin to central Florida.”
“Seventeen of the 18 birds in the migration flew over a crowd of hundreds at Florida’s Dunnellon/Marion County Airport before reaching their final destination of Halpata Tastanaki Preserve.”
“This is the sixth year that captive-reared whooping cranes have learned their migration route with the help of pilots and ground crew.
“Operation Migration’s work is part of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, a team of U.S. and Canadian government agencies and private groups. Through captive breeding, guided migration, tracking, and other research, the partnership is trying create a new migratory, eastern-U.S. population of the species.”