BREAKING NEWS: They’re Outa There!

Brooke reports that all eight young Whooping cranes left St. Marks yesterday morning!

They were in one group and had a tailwind. Today and Wednesday should be favorable migration days so we’ll keep you posted if we learn their whereabouts. God speed Class of 2013 – be safe.

Stay tuned…



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  1. AJ April 4, 2014 6:56 pm

    Safe journey, friends. We love you!

  2. Becky April 2, 2014 9:56 pm

    What fantastic news! Have a good journey and may you all arrive safely! God speed. Whoop whoop! šŸ™‚

  3. Lin Hiril April 2, 2014 4:12 pm

    Angels protect you and see you safely to your summer home!

  4. Carol Berglund April 2, 2014 2:46 pm

    Godspeed young’uns! Thanks for keeping us up-to-date, Brooke, and all at Operation Migration. Hope to see them at WRM soon – yay!

  5. katie tonn April 2, 2014 11:39 am

    Are these young Whoopers on their way back to the White River Marsh Wildlife Area???? Or do any of them go to the Necedah national wildlife refuge????

    • Heather Ray April 2, 2014 11:46 am

      Katie, this cohort was raised and conditioned at White River Marsh SWA so they will likely return to this area.

  6. M. L. Walsh April 1, 2014 8:22 pm

    YAY!! Stay safe precious ones.

  7. sharonleigh April 1, 2014 4:09 pm

    Enjoy those thermals!!! Prayers ascending with you for a safe journey! Leaky eyes of joy!

  8. AnneH April 1, 2014 4:04 pm

    Safe journey young ones… and thank you to everybody who watched over them in Florida.

  9. Claire DeLand April 1, 2014 3:04 pm

    Up, up and away, precious ones!!!

    Let us know when you get home, ok? We’re wishing you tailwinds all the way and smooth air!!!

    Godspeed šŸ™‚

  10. Stacey Bivens April 1, 2014 2:30 pm

    Tears in my eyes, too! If we could do something to keep you and the other cranes safe while you migrate, I know we’d do it. Safe travels.

  11. Wendy Enstine April 1, 2014 1:48 pm

    I always get a lump in my throat when this happens, as THIS is the proof of the imprinting that OM does when taking them on their first migration south via ultralight. The final proof is when they arrive. Stay safe sweet whoopers!

  12. Sally Swanson April 1, 2014 1:45 pm

    OM can be proud! We look forward to seeing them when they arrive North! How long does it take approximately?


  13. Kay April 1, 2014 12:48 pm

    Oh, do fly safely young whoopers! I dearly hope that you continue to stick together and the un-crated ones get to handle the map. See you on the runway!

  14. Christina (barncat11) April 1, 2014 11:29 am

    Are you pulling our leg? Is this an April Fool’s Day trick?

    • Heather Ray April 1, 2014 3:14 pm

      LOL! NOT an April fool’s day joke šŸ™‚

      • Christina (barncat11) April 1, 2014 8:49 pm

        Wooohooo and a whoop whoop whoop! Thank you Heather.

    • M. L. Walsh April 1, 2014 8:23 pm

      LOL good one !!

  15. ScubaNurse April 1, 2014 10:50 am

    Fly safe… elegant 8…

  16. Deanna Uphoff April 1, 2014 10:12 am

    Tears. Fly safely babies! Wisconsin is waiting for you!

  17. Michael J. matusinec April 1, 2014 9:25 am

    God speed have a safe journey.

  18. Betsy Kellenberger April 1, 2014 9:09 am

    Brings a tear to the eye! Must be hard for Brooke and the team to see them off on their own and subject to the big, cruel world out there!
    Be safe Elite Eight…

    • MaryAnne Harrison April 1, 2014 10:26 am

      I read the posting that they have up and gone and immediately a few tears came and then I read your comment. Odd how wonderful things can bring a tear or two!

  19. Jayne Gulbrand April 1, 2014 9:06 am

    So exciting!!! Stay safe babies!

  20. Nancy Hanson April 1, 2014 8:52 am

    Safe journey home.

  21. Susan April 1, 2014 8:50 am

    See ya back in WI soon, class of 2013! Stay safe!!!

  22. Bobbie April 1, 2014 8:32 am

    Best Wishes for a safe migration!

  23. Carolyn Cofer April 1, 2014 8:27 am

    Wonderful news! Be safe!

  24. Sara Seyal April 1, 2014 8:24 am

    God Speed! Whoop!

  25. Barbara April 1, 2014 8:22 am

    Safe travels class of 2013!

  26. photofun April 1, 2014 8:17 am

    Safe travels class of 2013!!! wow *sniff* the kids are growing up šŸ™‚

  27. Kate Crook April 1, 2014 8:11 am

    Brooke, I hope that you take a long, well deserved vacation!!!


  28. Lori (loriearn) April 1, 2014 8:02 am

    …and our waiting begins! lol
    Be safe out there youngsters… we can’t wait to hear of your arrival home. Look for Doug-tume and Gary-tume so they can take your pictures for us!

  29. craniachumbird April 1, 2014 7:52 am

    Whoop, Whoop! Stay safe elegant eight.

  30. Marje Lloyd April 1, 2014 7:52 am

    wonderfull news, job well done OM, 8 more whoopers in the population.

  31. Jenny Gibbs April 1, 2014 7:50 am

    Safe migration class of 2013 šŸ™‚

  32. Russell Allison April 1, 2014 7:44 am

    Be safe young Whoopers. Hope to meet you again somewhere. Go Whoopers.

  33. Ruth Mitchell April 1, 2014 6:42 am

    God speed precious babies!!! We hope to see at least some of you back at the pen to harass the NEXT class!! You fly with much love under your wings!!

    • Rubye Fielder April 2, 2014 8:00 am

      Congratulations! So happy for you!

  34. Donna J. April 1, 2014 6:24 am

    Safe journey young ones – can’t wait to hear where you are.

  35. Warrenwesternpa April 1, 2014 4:48 am

    1 April, 2014. There Outa There! Heather Ray & Brooke

    And on April Fools day to boot! Love it … We just never know and that is good! šŸ™‚