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3rd Group of Endangered Whooping Cranes Leaves WI for Ultralight-guided flight

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Author: Tom Mackenzie, USFWS Southeast Region Press Release

Building on the success of two historic migrations led by Operation Migration Inc., a third generation of endangered whooping cranes began a similar migration today from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin.

At 7:44 a.m., guided by three ultralight aircraft, 15 juvenile whooping cranes began the first leg of their 1,228-mile journey to their wintering habitat at Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, along Florida’s Gulf coast. They flew for 23 miles before reaching their first stopover in southern Juneau County.