Tweets for Whoopers

One of the ways we’re going to keep everyone updated during the fall season, which of course, includes the upcoming festival and our southward migration is Twitter! You can use Twitter on your phone or your PC or laptop/tablet and it’s a great way to get news/updates fast.

If you don’t yet have a Twitter account, you can very easily create one using your mobile phone or your PC or laptop. These instructions outline how to create an account and get our updates, using your pc or laptop. Visit and follow the instructions to create your new Twitter account. Once you’ve created your account, be sure to search for Operation Migration (@opermigration) – click on our profile, then select:Twitter_follow

So, now that you are a Twitter user, how do you get up to the minute updates on your phone?

  1. Log in to and click on the gear icon located at the top right of your screen.
  2. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on the Mobile tab.
  4. Choose your country from the first drop-down menu.
  5. Enter your mobile number. No need to include your country code or leading zero.
  6. Click Activate phone to begin verifying your phone.
  7. You will be directed to send the word ‘GO’ via text message to Twitter (using the appropriate country-specific short code). If you’re in the U.S. your shortcode is: 40404 
  8. Text the verification code from your phone to that short code.
  9. After we receive the verification code from you, your mobile device will be added to your Twitter account!

Next, navigate back to Click on the gear icon, located beside the blue Following button. From the dropdown, select Turn on mobile notifications.


It’s that easy! Now, each time we send out a tweet, you’ll instantly receive a text message letting you know what’s happening!

What will we tweet about? Well, during the festival, we’ll be tweeting whether or not there will be training each morning, so that you’ll have time to get to the flyover viewing locations, or stay in bed in the case of poor weather. We’ll be tweeting raffle ticket winning numbers during Saturday’s festival. If we spot an adult Whooping crane in the area, we’ll send out a tweet. If there are any changes in plans, we’ll tweet it. Here’s a sample tweet: Flying this morning! Make your way to @6:30CT to watch #whoopingcranes fly with aircraft!

During the southward migration, we’ll tweet each morning whether that day will be a ‘go’ or a ‘no-go’ and the appropriate flyover location along with a google map, so you can find your way to the viewing spot. We’ll tweet each time we arrive at a new stopover and we’ll tweet photos. Be sure to get your Twitter account so you don’t miss any of the action!


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  1. Marcia August 25, 2014 8:45 pm

    Is “twittering” replacing the daily early morning flight messages and In the Field reports from previous years?? A non-twitterer

    • Heather Ray August 26, 2014 5:25 am

      nope, we’ll still be doing those as well

  2. Marcia August 25, 2014 8:43 pm

    Is “twittering” replacing the early morning and daily “in the field” emails from previous years?

  3. ev August 25, 2014 2:53 pm

    That’s great for those who elect to be Twitterized but not all of us will “go there”. I hope we will still get the updates we need on USTREAM.