13 Years Ago

This week in 2001, Whooping cranes following OM’s ultralight aircraft were successfully led along a migration route from Wisconsin’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge to the Chassahowitzka NWR in Florida.

The southward migration began on October 17, 2001 and ended successfully 48 days later on December 3rd – making it the shortest ever in our 13 years of guiding Whooping cranes to Florida.

The 2001 journey was the first time Whooping cranes migrated in eastern North America in over 50 years and marked the successful start of an international conservation effort to reintroduce the endangered birds back into the eastern migratory flyway.



  1. Linda Mann December 6, 2013 7:32 am

    Ah, memories. ;-) Now to figure out where the next leg of the 2001 journey is. I want to read about the first trip over the ‘beast’ to Hiwassee. ;-)

  2. Joan Hendrix December 5, 2013 8:01 pm

    This is our first year to follow the cranes. We have enjoyed reading posts from so many people involved in this endeavor. We are hooked! Thanks to all the pilots, ground crew and everyone invlolved for you hard work.
    Joan & Tommy

  3. Karen Anne December 5, 2013 5:13 pm

    Amazing accomplishments.

  4. Kay December 5, 2013 3:32 pm

    Every member of the crew is doing a fantastic job! If only the winds, rains, and those pesky ice pellets would cooperate. I’m sure the birds have now had a good old pow-wow and will follow the lead trike wherever it wants to go — but catch them before they forget again!