Migration Volunteers Needed

No matter how many birds we have, the migration still requires the assistance of at least 10 people. There are pilots to fly with the birds, trackers to follow beneath us and ground crew to release them from the pen. We also need people to pack up the RVs and move the entire camp to the next site, then run ahead to set up the pen so we have a destination on the next flyable day.

Without volunteers it would be impossible to cover all the bases and over the years we have been very lucky.  Walter Sturgeon has tracked the birds on 8 or more trips south, Don and Paula Lounsbury flew top cover from the very first year and David and Linda Boyd have been there for us for almost a decade. There is no question that our volunteers are incredible. But not knowing how long it will take and when they will be able to return to their families is a big problem for most people.

Last year we recruited volunteers to help with the migration and it worked out far better than we expected. People committed to helping for two weeks at a time. They wouldn’t know where we would be when it was their turn but they did know when they would be home

Many of those people have agreed to help again this year but we would like to recruit a few more.

So if you think you would like to run away with the circus, please send me a message joe(AT)operationmigration.org

You should however give it a little sober thought before sign on. We need people who can stand the boredom of long periods of wind and rain or days that begin before sunrise and don’t end until way after dark. We live in tight quarters and work hard when we are moving.

Mostly we need volunteers who have experience driving large pickup trucks pulling even larger trailers or who can help set up or disassemble the pens. Cooking talent is always appreciated and a sense of humor is a must.

Be careful what you wish for though, Whooping cranes can be addictive.

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  1. Bikebrains July 21, 2015 11:04 am

    “Be careful what you wish for though, Whooping cranes can be additive.” should read “Be careful what you wish for though, Whooping cranes can be addictive.”