This refuge hosts thousands of migratory birds besides the 19 ultralight-led chicks in their pen. Wild and free among sandhill cranes are three of the DAR whooper chicks. Also here are many of the older whoopers that learned this route from the ultralights on their first journey south. With no help from humans or ultralights, they had a swift trip from Wisconsin to Tennessee. DAR chicks #533, #532, and #528 made it in just two days! Does that seem strange to you?
If you live close to Hiwassee NWR, keep an eye on the weather. You have a rare chance to see these wonderful birds on the day they depart. Check here, or at the Operation Migration web site, for the latest news.
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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