Terry Kohler’s Legacy Lives on

Every Whooping crane that OM helped reintroduce into the Eastern Migratory Population arrived in Wisconsin on one of Terry Kohler’s aircraft.

As I write this, Terry’s crew is in the air west of Baltimore en-route to Oshkosh, Wittman Field Regional Airport with seven young cranes on-board. This is their 34th flight from Patuxent to Wisconsin. 

Terry was an outstanding conservationist who loved aviation and the creatures that taught us the art of flying. He left his mark on every single bird that we led south and on every one who knew him. 

At 12:27 pm central time, the birds arrived in Oshkosh. They were loaded into an air conditioned van and at 1:30 pm, they were released into their new home at White River Marsh State Wildlife Area, all safe and sound.

Thank you to pilot Mike Frakes, engineer Jay Kidder and thank you Terry and family. 

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5 Comments

  1. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd June 22, 2017 8:16 am

    What a lovely tribute to Terry Kohler. The whole day was uplifting and joyous. May his legacy continue through these awesome little cranes. TY OM for giving the public a view into the challenges of increasing the whooping crane population. Being able to see the young chicks become colts and learn to live in the wild is truly special.

  2. aintthatamerica June 22, 2017 12:43 am

    These are the birds that get released later to adult groups ……. right?

    • Heather Ray June 22, 2017 7:43 am

      This group will be released in late August/early September in the area where there are adults. They will be costume reared and released as the Direct Autumn Released (DAR) cranes were.

  3. Catherine Wohlfeil June 21, 2017 9:47 pm

    Welcome home guys and gals!!

  4. Karen Anne June 21, 2017 6:00 pm

    The cranes and everyone who loves wildlife and the planet owes him and his family and coworkers a tremendous amount.