Murphy joined the migration crew as a volunteer
in 2004. This year he and John Cooper will swap off as top
cover observer/spotters. In addition, Gerald drives the diesel
truck pulling the big travel trailer where many of the migration
His interest in Whooping cranes goes back to elementary school
when he read The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings.
Before retirement, he was a public school teacher, a civilian
education specialist, and a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
He was named Operation Migration Volunteer of the
Year in 2009.