December 3, 2001
Day 48: Journey's End!
Whoop it Up! They're HOME
You can also read the team's comments after landing today:
As you join the celebration of this landmark conservation event, you might enjoy a special poem. Poet Own Neill wrote it for his friend Bill Lishman, co-founder of Operation Migration. The occasion was Operation Migration's first migratory crossing of Lake Ontario with Canada geese in 1993. (This is the migration featured in the Motion Picture Fly Away Home and the founding work for today's first migration with an endangered species.) Mr. Neill couldn't be at the Lake Ontario send-off to celebrate with them, so he wrote the poem as a gift to Bill. You'll find it here, along with some journaling questions:
We also share thoughts of two leaders in whooping crane conservation. Tom Stehn said, "We need species to survive that have been there since the Ice Age," he says. "To keep them alive in captivity -- that's just not enough." George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, says that losing this species would be "like destroying original works of art of a great master that can never be reproduced."
In mythology, whooping cranes represent longevity, peace and tranquility. That is our wish for this young flock of ancestors for the whooping cranes that YOUR ancestors will see in the skies over eastern North America. From Journey South headquarters in Minnesota, this is Jane saying "over and out" for the first migration in the whooping crane eastern reintroduction.We hope you'll join Journey North in the spring as the story of this young flock continues!
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