Away Home—and Beyond
Video Summary Created by Heather Ray of Operation
you seen the 1996 film Fly Away Home? If so, you already
know a bit about the beginnings of Operation
Click on the image to see some clips from Fly Away Home and
other highlights of the experiment that led to the first human-led
of an endangered species: the 2001 migration to start the new Eastern
flock. (The clip shows the Canada geese flying with the ultralight
flight in Fly
Away Home. You'll also see glimpses of the hatching, training,
and first migration of the Hatch
Year 2001 Whooping crane chicks.)
Clips from Fly Away Home—and Beyond
facts from Heather Ray, who created this video:
- The music
is "10,000 Miles" sung by Mary Chapin-Carpenter.
- Joe Duff
and Bill Lishman were the first ever to fly ultralight aircraft across
the width of Lake Ontario. Joe doesn't swim. They wore float suits,
just in case — but you'll also notice a "chase boat" below
them in one shot.
- The city
over which the geese are flying is supposed to be downtown Toronto;
however, this shot was digitally created for the movie. The guys
never actually led the geese through Toronto, the largest city in
- The shot
of the two little girls in bathing suits near the beginning is Anna
Paquin (Amy in the film) and Carmen (Bill Lishman's daughter). They
were the same age when the filming occurred and they spent a lot
of leisure time together.
- The early
aircraft shots are of Bill in the “Easy Riser.” He crashed
many times before he figured it out!