Fairfax helped raise the chicks from their hatching
at Patuxent Wildlife
Research Center. Then he traveled to Wisconsin to help the
team when the chicks arrived for flight school.
He will go along to help on migration too.
came from Oregon. There he worked at the Bonneville Dam on
with a salmon/sea lion conservation program. Caleb spent
much of his earlier life in Washington state, but moved to
with his family. He finished high school and then went
to the University of Maryland at College Park. He studied
agriculture. Then he found his true calling in the biological
and wildlife sciences.
During his college days at the University of
Maryland, Caleb had a job at the Patuxent
Refuge Crane Facilities. He learned about the
Whooping Crane, the multiple projects aimed at their
conservation, and the importance of Operation Migration's
work. In 2010 Caleb graduated with a degree in Environmental
Science and a concentration in Wildlife Ecology and Management.
He makes a a great addition to the OM Team!
Caleb loves hiking and beautiful
views, fishing, music, campfires, his family, and a
with friends. He loves the cranes, too. Team leader
Joe Duff called Caleb a hero for staying five hours
at the side of Crane #1-11 when he was injured in a
tangled marsh thicket and doing his best to make sure
they would both be rescued.
"Our cranes, and animals in general, are irreplaceable
creatures and I am blessed and honored people before
me have cared enough about the conservation of this
special and magnificent bird to keep its flame of
existence from extinguishing. Due to their work I am able to
have these amazing experiences on a personal level
with a wonderful animal. I think about this all the
"This thought also reassures me when I worry
about the current state of global extinction
As long as there are people willing to fight
and dedicate their lives -- these personal and
will be shared with future generations. Maybe
fifty years from now because of Operation Migration’s
work, someone else will have a little baby girl
#12-61 they can enjoy watching grow and develop
own special creature."