A Thanksgiving Message and Day Off
It's Thanksgiving Day and a day of rest for the Canadian/American migration team—thanks to rainy weather in Meigs County, Tennessee. The five Canadians in the group have already missed one Thanksgiving, which is celebrated in mid-October in Canada, so today they will celebrate the U.S. version with their American teammates. Heather fills us in on some additions to the team, and what they're thankful for:
team has grown from eleven to fourteen with the welcome arrival of Jane
(Nicolich) Chandler, captive flock manager from WCEP partner USGS
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Jane has come onboard to replace
ICF's Sara Zimorski, who will depart
shortly to ensure everything is ready at the winter release pen for the
arrival of our sixteen young cranes. Also from the International Crane
Foundation is education coordinator, Joan Garland who is visiting schools
along the migration corridor and teaching students and educators alike
about this wildlife reintroduction. The final addition to our international
team is retired United Airlines pilot, Steve Connors from Minneapolis.
Earlier this year, Steve expressed interest in our work and offered his
assistance, which we gratefully accepted. Next spring he will begin to
learn the many differences between piloting a large commercial aircraft,
which holds numerous humans, versus a tiny ultralight plane, which guides
endangered Whooping cranes.
"Finally, we give thanks to our many supporters and donors. These are the ones who make it possible for us to apply our ultralight-guided migration method toward safeguarding the rarest crane of all—the Whooping crane. In years to come, may you and your families be rewarded greatly, as more and more of these elegant birds grace the skies over eastern North America."
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