Operation Migration (OM) is a nonprofit organization founded in Canada in 1994, and in the United States in 1999, to promote the conservation of migratory species through innovative research, partnership and education. OM funds research on aircraft-led bird migration and has developed a unique method for re-establishing lost migratory routes by teaching birds reared in captivity to accept and follow specially modified ultralight aircraft. For many avian species, the ability to migrate is a learned process, and OM has conducted several successful migration studies involving Canada geese, Trumpeter swans, Sandhill cranes, and endangered Whooping cranes.
In 1997, with less than 200 whooping cranes left in the world, the International Whooping Crane Recovery Team began working with Operation Migration to reestablish a whooping crane migration route in eastern North America. Since the autumn of 2001, the OM team has guided new generations of captive-raised chicks from Wisconsin to Florida. The following spring the whooping cranes return unassisted to central Wisconsin, resuming a migration pattern that had been interrupted for more than a century.
To learn more, please visit our website or contact: Operation Migration 174 Mary St. Suite 3, Port Perry, ON L9L 1B7 Canada Tel: 905-982-1096 Fax: 905-982-1097 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.operationmigration.org
Efforts to save whooping cranes, the most endangered of the world's 15 crane subspecies, offer a rare instance of animals learning about migration by watching what human do. Starting in 2001, humans flying ultralight aircraft have led whooping crane chicks on their first migratory flight south from a wildlife refuge in Wisconsin to a newly-created wintering habitat in a Florida preserve--a 1,200-mile journey.