Guest Author – Doug (the tume) Pellerin
I’m writing this still in disbelief of what happened to OM and the ultralight program after all these years of hard work and dedication.
I would like to thank Joe Duff for giving me the fantastic opportunity to work with endangered whooping cranes. It’s something that I will never forget. I must also thank the rest of the team, Heather, Brooke, Richard, Tom, Colleen, Geoff, Jeff and Jo-Anne. Without their hard work and the dedication of other organizations there wouldn’t be any whooping cranes on the landscape like what we see today.
The last five years working with the whooping crane as a costumed crane handler has been an amazing experience. Especially seeing the young colts arrive at the White River Marsh each year and watching them grow into beautiful adults. One of my favorite things besides being in the pen with the birds was watching the trikes come out of the sky every morning and landing on the runway. For some reason I always enjoyed that part of the training.
It was also interesting as the trike would come down, you could always hear the young birds in the pen getting so excited in the anticipation of a flight. I will miss seeing the morning sun and the people who came out to the blind to witness the flight training. I always enjoyed meeting with and talking to other people and sharing my experience. I would like to thank each and every person who did come to the blind. Thank you for your encouragement and support of Operation Migration.
I will continue to do my best to help whoopers anyway I can in the future.
Thanks again and WHOOP! WHOOP!