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Thread subject: Sad News regarding Whooping Cranes
Name Date Message
Celeste 02/03/07 07:35 am I just heard that 18 whooping cranes were killed in Florida by the tornado yesterday. Whooping cranes are extremely endangered and are on the brink of extinction. There is an organization that is called Operation Migration. They raise cranes and teach them to migrate with their flying machines to Florida each Fall. Columbia Pictures made a movie about this wonderful organization.

The Operation Migration site and an article regarding this loss...

HERE
FOB Webmaster 02/03/07 08:48 am The Boston Herald is saying they probably drowned.

I wonder why they were kept in an enclosure. What a waste.

My parents live in Lady Lake -- one of the towns where the storm/tornado hit. They're fine, but they said it's a real mess.
terryo 02/03/07 11:08 am That really sucks .... One of the PBS stations ran that Op Migration piece again last month. It's a very touching piece especially how the pilots and everyone get so attached to the cranes and sad they feel when they actually get to Florida but how happy they are the following year when some return home to mate etc.
Melanie 02/03/07 11:25 am Very glad your folks are OK, Lisa. Too close a call.

funny (not haha funny) but the whole reason for training the whoopers to fly to Florida was to establish a second migration route so that in the event of a natural disaster in Texas that it would lessen the impact of any loss.
Vicki in S. CA. 02/03/07 01:38 pm The crane babies were in an enclosure because several adult cranes had come into their area and were preventing them from feeding. So the enclosure provided them with protected feeding grounds. The staff had no way to know the storm would come throught that exact area but I am sure they are having many second thoughts about what they could have done. This was the first year that all of the Wisconsin raised chicks made it to Florida and then, ironically, all of them were destroyed. I guess it does point out the risks of natural disaster wiping out a species and reinforces that reason for having at least two populations.
FOB Webmaster 02/03/07 03:38 pm The problem is if they had been out of the enclosure, they would have done what most wild animals do -- seek shelter in a safer area and away from the rising tides. But they didn't have that chance.

I'm hoping the FWS people reexamine their methods for retaining them since it sounds like they didn't give the crane babies much of a chance to protect themselves.
Vicki in S. CA. 02/03/07 06:57 pm I'm sure they are thinking about that a lot. This was devastating for those involved, an incredible amount of time, money and work went into bringing them to Florida only to have them all destroyed. They are still trying to find out what has happened to the adults who were loose in the area.
cathy 02/04/07 12:31 am Sorry to hear that. The story of their migration is so inspirational.
lynn 02/04/07 01:25 am Celeste, do you know the name of the movie about the glider pilots leading the cranes south to teach the migrtory routes? I seem to remember seeing a movie like that, but am not sure it's the same one.
Shelley 02/04/07 05:48 am I believe it was called *Fly Away Home* and is based on Canadian Bill Lishman. Here are 2 links, the second one is from the link Celeste posted, above:

http://www.rcgs.org/rcgs/lectures/lectures_06lishman.asp

http://www.operationmigration.org/work_bios.html

Vicki in S. CA. 02/04/07 07:10 pm It appears that one of the 2006 group has survived. #615 was not among the bodies and its transmitter has been heard with a visual confirmation. #615 is with some Sandhill Cranes in an area with good habitat. I wonder how it escaped the pen area. A report is expected tonight on NBC Nightly News.
Melanie 02/04/07 10:09 pm I saw the report - it was the very end of the news and lasted all of maybe 90 seconds, but indicated that one had indeed survived.
lynn 02/05/07 01:02 am Shelley thanks for the name of the movie. I knew it sounded familiar, now I know why. I have the movie and have given copies of it to my grandaughter and my "adopted" granddaughter. I'm going to check out the sites you posted and see if it fill me in on more info.
On another note, I signed up for three more books to review. I haven't gotten to do one yet but, I'm learning about new books coming soon that I might be interested in reading.
Shelley 02/05/07 06:55 pm Good luck with the books, Lynn. I haven't tried recently though I still get the newsletter. I'm trying to read through the piles I already have! ;-)
lynn 02/06/07 01:41 am Hi Shelley, I know what you mean about piles of books to get through. I'm at the point where I have had to make a promise that for each book that comes into the house, one has to leave.
In my "library", computer desk, printers, file cabinets, and five six foot tall bookcases are filled, plus two bookcases in my bedroom. Now I have the difficult task of deciding "who" will go and "who" will stay.

I'm trying to go thru older non-fiction that might be outdated or that I'm probably really never gonna get to. I've gotten about five or six boxes together, about half fiction and half non-fiction. I'd like to find an organization that can use them, other than my local library.

Most of fiction books are along the lines of James Patterson, Dean Koontz, the Kellermans, Clive Cussler, Robin Cook, etc. If it's a thriller/mystery, but not Stephen King, I either have it, had it, or will have it. :-) :-)
Madeline 02/07/07 03:18 am How sad to hear about the demise of whooping cranes ,,, and glad to hear all is OK with your parents Lisa.

It's easy to say the cranes should of been in an open area where they'd have a chance to escape, but unfortunately it's hind sight. There was no tornado warning in the area that was hit in the middle of the night. Think of the people who lost loved ones during that terrofying night. Nature isn't too picky on where and when it's going to strike. Hopefully some lessons will be learned from this, for people and the Operation Migration org.

LOL lynn, I have the same problem with all the books I've read, where do they go after they've entertained our minds. When I was working, I'd bring them into work and give them to people who were iteested in them, or just leave them in the locker room. You can try your local library, they will give them a home or sell them for .25 cents . I'm sure those books will go fast, who doesn't love a good murder mystery, sci-fi thrillers, and in my case, Dragons, Wizards in some far off planet:-)

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