The Team Talks!
From the OM
Website: December 3, 2001
A few words
from Joe, Dan, Deke and Heather on the final day of the first human-led
migration of an endangered species:
to recovery has been long and arduous. We have conducted ten studies to
develop the technique and and led Sandhill cranes along the same route in
preparation; we have trained Whooping cranes for over 7 months and covered
1217 miles in 48-days. We have delivered seven healthy birds to the wintering
site and maintained their tentative hold on wildness and although it seems
like we have reached our destination, it is only just beginning. Before
this new population can be considered self-sustaining we have many more
miles to cover. We celebrate our successes one at a time."
Deke Clark, Joe Duff, Trainer Dan Sprague
Photo Courtesy Heather Ray
"There are no words to express the greatness of
this team; those who have supported us; or these birds. Twenty-five
pairs migrating between Wisconsin and Florida and then the fat lady can
the past 4 weeks I have had the privilege of working alongside the best
team possible; these selfless people who came together in the name of preserving
and safeguarding the Whooping crane from possible extinction. Most of
have not had a day off since July; most have been away from their families
for a very long time. We can now return to our loved ones - proud that
have succeeded in planting the seeds for what will grow into the first
migratory flock of Whooping cranes in Eastern North America after a 100-year
and satisfied in a job well done. Thank you teammates, friends, family,
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership members and OM supporters. Now, when
do next year's chicks hatch?"
Thanks and appreciation goes out to everyone that visited this website and
traveled along with us. Your encouraging emails and guest book entries helped
more than you will ever know. And our sincere appreciation goes out to all
of the donors who literally helped get these birds to Florida. When we began,
we were short of our budget goal of $365,000.00 by just over $17,000.00.
Thanks to your generosity, we not only met this goal but exceeded it by
a further $10,000.00, which will help with next year's flight.
We hope you will continue to drop by to check out additional photos and
for updates throughout the winter to see how the cranes are doing in their
winter home and to follow them north when they initiate the return migration
in the spring.
Onward & UPward,
The OM Team
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