van Heuvelen has been an Operation Migration (OM) ultralight
pilot since 2002. He
the ground crew for the 2001 migration and
filled in as back-up pilot. A Canadian, Richard has four
daughters: Megan, Sara, Katie and Jessie.
is more than a pilot. Team leader Joe Duff says of Richard: "If
anything is broken Richard can fix it, and if it doesn't
exist he can create it."
he's not flying or training the birds, Richard works as a very
talented metal sculptor. Out of solid steel
he creates life-like sculpture—including Whooping cranes and
other wildlife. Joe Duff adds, "If
he were not trying to safeguard an endangered species, he would
be a famous
artist and far richer." That's the power of Whooping cranes!