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By: golden1 (offline) on Friday, July 12 2013 @ 11:58 AM EDT (Read 22760 times)  
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Welcome to Operation Migration 2013

Operation Migration is a program that is devoted to the reintroduction of whooping cranes into eastern North America. In the 1940's the whooping crane population had dropped to 15. At least a hundred whooping cranes have been reintroduced into the wild since 2001. In the spring of each year since 2001, training has begun for the newly hatched cranes at the Patuxent Wildlife Center in Maryland. They are carefully watched and begin to follow Yellow Mama around a small pen. They have heard the Whooping Crane brood call since they were in the egg. This call is used throughout their training. At approximately 8 to 9 weeks they are shipped to Northern Wisconsin to the White River Marsh training site. Here they learn to follow Yellow Mama ( the ultralight plane) first along the runway and then as they fledge around the Marsh. In late October they begin their migration journey to Florida. This journey may take until late December or early January. They travel about 20 miles a day. There are stopover sites that have been chosen along the migration route. The next spring the chicks will migrate back to the White River Marsh area on their own. There are links below that will give you more information about this remarkable project.

You can find the WE Cam with ustream chat here: http://www.ustream.tv/migratingcranes
The cam is ptz, runs 24/7 and has IR


There are numerous links that can be viewed to learn more about Operation Migration.

http://operationmigration.org/work_story.html tells the story with an informative video included.

http://operationmigration.org/index.html is a key informational page.

http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/ is a blog that tells about some of the events at the site and things that are about the chicks.

http://www.learner.org/north/crane/index.html has helpful information about whooping cranes. There is information for kids here as well.


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By: golden1 (offline) on Friday, July 12 2013 @ 12:01 PM EDT  
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Meet the Class of 2013


# sex band color

1 female white

2 female black

3 male red

4 male blue

5 male yellow

6 is recovering from an illness will not be part of the program as I understand it. Update: This chick did not survive the fungal illness.

7 male orange

8 female lt. blue

9 male brown


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By: golden1 (offline) on Friday, July 12 2013 @ 12:22 PM EDT  
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July 9, 2013

This is the BIG DAy!! Chicks are flying from Baltimore, MD to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They have been at the Patuxent site for about 5 weeks. They have been learning to identify and behave themselves as Whooping Cranes. The attendants are dressed in white and on their hand is a puppet whooping crane head. These chicks have only seen the costumed attendants and have learned to take mealworms and grapes from the puppethead beak. They follow the "tume" just as they would a parent in the wild.

A thunderstorm diverts the flight to Sheboygan and then on they go to the White River Marsh. The chicks have each traveled in their own large box. The plane and the transport van are air-conditioned for the right temperature for these rare chicks. Remember when you look at the pictures that no one says a word not even a cough or ahem. They are moved to the van without any human sounds. The chicks could be heard peeping inside the boxes.

They arrive at the soggy White River Marsha at approx. 2:20 cdt. They left Baltimore, Md at 7:42 edt. The boxes with the chicks are then carried by the project people to the holding pen. Each box is placed on dry land. The area is very wet after a heavy rain. After all the attendants are dressed in costume, they begin to open the boxes. One by one the 8 chicks move out into the pen for the first time. They are quick to begin to explore the new area. The attendants move the boxes outside the pen and begin to give treats (mealworms, grapes) to the chicks. Dummy Mom is placed along the fence in the dry pen and close to the door of the wet pen. Dummy Mom is a cut out whooping crane.

2:23 The van arrives at White River Marsh.
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2:27 They begin to take the chicks still in the boxes to the enclosure.
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2:36
The boxes holding the crates are in the kitchen area where it is dry after the downpour an hour or so ago.
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By: golden1 (offline) on Friday, July 12 2013 @ 06:12 PM EDT  
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The continue to bring the chicks out of the van. After bringing some of the chicks to the pen, the "tumes" get into their costume. They continue to bring the chicks to the pen.

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2:29 cdt
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By: golden1 (offline) on Friday, July 12 2013 @ 06:17 PM EDT  
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2:40 cdt

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By: golden1 (offline) on Friday, July 12 2013 @ 06:21 PM EDT  
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The chicks are released from the boxes. Several of the chicks move right out and some need a little coaxing.

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