Whooping Crane Whooping Crane

September 26, 2002
Up at Dawn

The flight training sessions start at dawn on mornings when weather is calm. The cranes and planes are often visible from the observation tower at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors are welcome to watch from the tower. If they're lucky and early, they MAY see not only this year's chicks, but also some of last year's five pioneer birds. Last year's Cranes #1 and #2 (see photo) often hang out in the marsh near their old training strip. Many mornings they must be chased away so this year's chicks can train with the trikes. Because weather did not permit a flyover at the Necedah Crane Festival on September 21, this is the public's only chance for seeing the cranes. Operation Migration's office manager Heather Ray spent a few days at Necedah this week. No one other than the trainer/pilot is in the trike during training flights, but Heather flew with Joe on an evening flight (without the cranes). We'll share more of her photos in the next report.




Excited Cranes Exit Pen

Last Year's Cranes #1,#2

Training Flight
Photos Heather Ray for OM, WCEP

Try This! Journaling Question
  • Imagine you are riding in the backpack seat of Joe's ultralight. What is it like to bump along the grass "runway" and then lift off, flying over the treetops with the cranes in this tiny, open plane? How does it feel? What do you see? Write a paragraph about your thoughts. Choose a good topic sentence and include only sentences that support it. Make your verbs and adjectives describe exactly what you feel and think.

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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