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Next stop for whoopers: Illinois

October 31, 2007 at 06:43 AM

Slowly but surely, whooping cranes are approaching Illinois.

The experimental flock of whoopers following an ultralight aircraft is currently stalled in Wisconsin’s Green County after having travelled 91.9 miles since starting its trip south. With favorable winds this week—possibly even today—the birds will move into Winnebago County. From there the birds move into Ogle, LaSalle and Kankakee counties as they continue moving south toward Florida’s Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.

To follow the progress of the birds, click here.

This year’s class consists of 17 whooping cranes. In the first five years of the program, approximately 60 birds have been taught a migration route between Wisconsin and Florida.

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The Winnebago County site where the whoopers are headed is slated to be a future conservation easement area held by Ducks Unlimited in cooperation with the Natural Lands Institute.  Our organizations are working together to protect wetlands important to Whooping Cranes and other waterfowl. 

Eric Schenck, Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist

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