REMEMBER WHEN…? Oct.15,2012 If you’ve been a long-time Craniac, or been following us since at least 2009, you’ll remember the initial launch of our Give a WHOOP! campaign. That year, we invited everyone to Give a WHOOP! in celebration of our achieving the remarkable milestone of flying 10,000 air miles leading Whooping cranes on migration. It was our goal to collect 10,000 WHOOPS! – one for each of those magical air miles flown with an ancient species learning their migration flyway behind modern machine. To illustrate the huge and widespread interest in safeguarding Whooping cranes, the plan was to list the name of every person who WHOOPED on an Honor Roll, which, when completed, would be sent to the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP); the International Whooping Crane Recovery Team; the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; and to the Department of the Interior – the agencies on which this project, and Whooping cranes, depend. Despite falling short of our symbolic goal of 10,000 WHOOPS!, the almost 7,000 WHOOPS! collected clearly demonstrated to the world how much many folks cared about the future of this magnificent species. It was here at the stopover site we are at right now, (LaSalle County, Illinois) that we hosted the official celebration of having reached the 10,000 mile mark. Craniacs near and far came to join us for a bit of a party which we broadcast live via the CraneCam. The Give a WHOOP! campaign took a break in 2010, but by popular demand was resurrected in 2011 and continues into 2012. While the dollars Give a WHOOP! brings in are important, not everything is about money. By “WHOOPING!” you are sending a message of solid support for the conservation of wildlife, and especially for the work being done to safeguard the Whooping crane from extinction. Please think about giving a WHOOP! right now.