Duff, Canadian Co-founder of Operation
Migration (OM). Joe is Team
Leader, CEO and senior pilot of O.M, the WCEP partner that
leads the ultralight migration. His daughter Alex is 7 years
old. Joe was
a well-known photographer before
an ultralight pilot and leader in saving endangered species.
van Heuvelen, Operation Migration (OM) pilot. Richard
led the ground crew for the 2001 migration and
filled in as back-up pilot. Since 2002 he's been a team pilot.
A Canadian, he has four daughters: Megan, Sara, Katie and
is also a master sculptor. Joe Duff
says of Richard: "If anything is broken he can fix it and
if it doesn't exist he can create it."
Pennypacker, Operation Migration pilot since 2002. Brooke
has a great sense of humor and a son named
Devin. Brooke once built a raft to drift down the Mississippi
while reading Huckleberry Finn. He is also a skilled
diver and worked on the oil rigs off the coast of Scotland.
clip of Brooke's Greeting to You
Migration pilot since 2005.
Chris is an experienced trike instructor and
natural way with birds. He
runs storm watch tours on the side so he is the team's
weather consultant. Read about his
first flight with the cranes when he became an Operation Migration
pilot in 2005.
Paulan is the new
Supervisor of Field Operations. She is from Antioch, IL.
Bev is also a pilot. She had her own charter plane service
as a teacher at
a wildlife rehabilitation center. Hear
Bev tell the hardest
part of wearing the costume. Audio clips courtesy
Mark Chenoweth of Whooper
Lin is a new intern with Operation Migration. She grew up
in Taiwan, where she earned a degree in business. Next she
worked for the Calgary Zoo in Canada for several years. This
year she is
whooping cranes. Then she will return to her studies in International
Shafer, former OM Intern, now works full time at Patuxent
WRC where the chicks hatch. He has a degree in biology and
helps as a crane handler in summer at Necedah. Charlie will
during the migration.
Brady is a new intern with Operation Migration. She grew
in Lothian, MD and has a BS Degree in biology. She has done
bird research at the center in Maryland where the crane chicks
are hatched. Marie is excited about migrating with the cranes