This flock of whooping cranes was the only naturally occurring wild population in the world. The population could have been wiped out easily by disease, bad weather, or human impacts. So the Whooping Crane Recovery Team (WCRT), the governing body charged with responsibility of the species, established a non-migratory Whooping crane flock in Florida, using cranes hatched in captivity.
It was decided that an ultra light aircraft, would act as the surrogate parent and help guide captive-hatched and imprinted Whooping cranes along a planned migration route from Wisconsin to Florida.
You've helped too. With every purchase you made at our store, a portion went to Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways to Nature® Conservation Fund which helped pay for the ultra light aircraft, education materials, the enclosures where the Whooping Cranes live and a viewing blind that is used by project staff to monitor the young birds.
Read more about Operation Migration at the WCEP website