Photo: After Deadly Winter, Whooping Cranes Make Spring Migration North



Whooping cranes follow an ultralight aircraft out of Wisconsin's Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in October 2001. A team of government and private agencies has been using ultralight aircraft for several years to teach juvenile whoopers how to reach their wintering grounds in Florida.

After a difficult winter in Florida in which 17 young cranes were killed in storms, more than 60 of the endangered birds are now making the migration back to their summer home in Wisconsin.

Photograph by Jennifer L. Rabuck, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, courtesy USFWS


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