July 8, 2001
Getting Ready at Necedah
The staff and volunteers at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge have worked hard to prepare for the young whoopers'
arrival. Last year ( 2000-01) they conducted a trial run of the whole migration experiment with non-endangered
sandhill cranes, but THIS is the event it's all been leading up to!) They're really excited, and eagerly prepare
to welcome the chicks to what will be the new flock's summer nesting/breeding grounds.
Volunteer helpers from Friends of Necedah and Wild Birds Unlimited built a new blind, giving biologists and reporters
a "secret" silent place to watch the birds during training and preparation for migration. Members of
the general public are welcome to view crane activity through binoculars from an observation tower.
Bunker-like blind at Necedah NWR
This world-class blind will soon offer a view of the first free-flying Whooping cranes in eastern North
America in over a hundred years!
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership.
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