#TBT – 2009 Whooping Crane Migration Flight

This week’s Throw Back Thursday takes us back to December of 2009 when all twenty young Whooping cranes lined up perfectly off the wingtip of one ultralight over Tennessee.

This was the largest cohort of cranes we had the honor of working with and despite the class size, they often flew with only one aircraft.

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  1. westendoldbird August 27, 2015 2:07 pm

    Thank you, I have never seen that before. Very Cool

  2. Mary O’Brien August 27, 2015 9:52 am

    I remember this like it was yesterday. As they say, those were the days…but, no matter how many or few cranes there are each year, OM will always have my unwavering respect, admiration and support. Being able to share this amazing adventure is a once in a lifetime opportunity so let’s live it to the fullest!

  3. Grandma August 27, 2015 9:33 am

    So beautiful, thanks Heather!

  4. Donald Huffman August 27, 2015 8:41 am

    Habitat, habitat, habitat.
    If half were female, and each female had 3 years of reproduction, those 20 should have easily doubled its size.
    Habitat, habitat, habitat.


  5. Jane Maher August 27, 2015 8:25 am

    Is it possible to explain in simple terms the sequence of events that has resulted in the much smaller cohorts of recent years?

    • Heather Ray August 27, 2015 12:11 pm

      Quite possible – Fewer eggs from captive breeding centers and an additional reintroduction (Louisiana non-migratory flock)

  6. Kay Huey August 27, 2015 7:09 am

    Oh, what a beautiful sight! I do hope that Operation Migration will once again be helping such large numbers of whooping cranes learn the skills that they need to be free.