OM Recognized

Operation Migration is honored to have been among members of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership awarded a 2018 Special Recognition Award from the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology at their annual convention held last weekend.

Accepting on behalf of the partnership were:

Joe Duff & Heather Ray, Operation Migration
Anne Lacy, International Crane Foundation
Davin Lopez, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Brad Strobel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and 
Robert Doyle, U.S.G.S Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Awards Program recognizes individuals or organizations that have made outstanding achievements in advancing bird conservation, promoting the field of ornithology, and contributing to the Society.


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  1. Mary Dooley May 27, 2018 10:44 pm

    Congratulations – so very deserved. I so miss the flyovers and treasure the years of the ultralight led migrations. Huge thanks for continuing with our beloved Whoopers.

  2. Sandy Blakeney May 27, 2018 6:21 pm

    It’s about time. You all at OM have been my heroes from the beginning of the project. You’ve worked tirelessly to save a magnificent species and have stayed focused on the goal regardless of short-sighted bureaucratic decisions. Congratulations to you!

  3. Sue McCurdy May 26, 2018 4:00 pm

    So well deserved.

  4. Jean P, aka CrabtowneMd May 26, 2018 8:42 am

    This is definitely a well-deserved honor and overdue in my estimation. Congratulations ! ! I agree with Richard’s sentiment— a lovely grant would have been even more awesome. May you continue the amazing work in good health and with lots of whooper chicks.

  5. nancy blake May 25, 2018 11:22 pm

    Congratulations…it was great to see you there!

    • Heather Ray May 26, 2018 5:31 am

      And you! Great chatting with you about the Royal Couple!

  6. Jane Maher May 25, 2018 11:05 pm

    Congratulations for this well-deserved recognition.

  7. Catherine Wohlfeil May 25, 2018 9:51 pm

    Congratulations not only for restoring the whooping crane population, but also the inspiration of the next generation for what can be done if one only believes it to be possible.

  8. Calistus Holland May 25, 2018 1:15 pm

    I would like to congratulate you all, but especially two of my friends, namely Heather Ray and Joe Duff. Whom have dedicated themselves to this endeavor. Know that it is appreciated by me.

    • Heather Ray May 25, 2018 1:20 pm

      Thanks so much Cal, for the kind words and for the great hand-crafted birdhouses you contribute to the cause every year!

  9. Christy May 25, 2018 11:54 am


  10. charlotte mullen May 25, 2018 11:16 am

    What a major achievement. Congratulations to everyone involved in OM

  11. Dorothy N May 25, 2018 11:04 am

    Hearty congrats to all of the team. You’ve earned every bit of recognition you received and more.
    Suggestion: blow up the sign to 36 x 48 and hang it prominently in the office!

  12. Richard P Brooks May 25, 2018 9:26 am

    congratulations, well deserved. I wish it included a large grant to help with your great work.

  13. Doug Pellerin May 25, 2018 7:55 am

    Congratulations OM. Way to go.

  14. Barbara May 25, 2018 7:37 am

    You all deserve the recognition for saving a bird from extinction. What a selfless calling you all have answered. Be proud of your accomplishments. I am in awe .