Visit to Operation Migration

http://www.operationmigration.org

Operation Migration is a non-profit organization that, among other things, guides endangered Whooping Cranes from their summer home in Wisconsin to their winter home in Florida.

Here are some shots from the visit April and I made to the Operation Migration stop for the Whooping Cranes in Boone County, Indiana, on November 3, 2002.

Here's Al Roush, the fellow who hosted the Whooping Cranes on his land. Click here for larger image
April and I were interested in the hand puppets that the ultralight pilots wore while guiding the Whooping Cranes from Wisconsin to Florida. Click here for larger image
The young cranes never see the human form; the researchers always dress in baggy white outfits and wear a crane hand puppet. Click here for larger image
It was so funny to see the head of one of the hand puppets sticking out of someone's knapsack! Click here for larger image
The crew was composed of Canadian and American biologists. That's April second from the end on the left and Joe Duff, chief ultralight pilot, second from the end on the right. Click here for larger image
Here's April with one of the three ultralights, which aren't light at all -- I could barely lift one wing. Click here for larger image
Another view of the ultralight. Click here for larger image