How You Can Help Whooping Cranes

Fewer than 400 whooping cranes remain in the wild, yet they once inhabited much of North America. Since 2001, the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership's historic reintroduction has been bringing these magnificent birds back to the skies of Eastern North America first time in over a hundred years.These are some ways you can help support whooping crane recovery efforts:

  • The pilots and planes of Operation Migration lead new Eastern flock chicks south each fall.
    Contribute funds.
    To contribute to the cause, click on the link below for the Operation Migration contact information. This nonprofit organization conducts the actual migration we report on Journey North. No amount is too small!



  • Share the news.
    Tell everyone you know about the Whooping Crane Reintroduction Project and the beginning of the world's new flock of Eastern whooping cranes so they won't miss this historic conservation event. More people caring means more people speaking out to help whooping cranes and all endangered species and habitats.
  • Speak out.
    Send letters to your congressional representatives to tell them you want wetlands protected. Tell them that you support programs (including restrictions on communications towers and wires) to save endangered species and their habitat.
  • Unpave the Way.
    Whooping cranes need wetland stopovers during their migration. But wetlands are being filled in, paved, dried up, and built on , so protecting whooper habitat for migratory stopovers is more important than ever. You can help protect wetlands by volunteering at a National Wildlife Refuge in your area. But wherever you live, you can improve habitat in your own back yard and public parks help unpave the way for all kinds of wildlife.
  • Lend a Hand.
    If you're lucky enough to live near Baraboo, Wisconsin or Laurel, Maryland, you could volunteer at these whooping crane captive breeding centers: The International Crane Foundation or USGSPatuxent Wildlife Research Center .
  • Report Any Whooping Cranes You See.
    Western flock whoopers usually migrate to and from Canada through these states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas. The new Eastern flock migrates through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin. Whooping Crane officials request you use this report form.