Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The first whooping crane returned to the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin yesterday. This whooping crane happened to be the first chick hatched in the captive-reared population in 2001 and was part of the first class of whooping cranes taught to migrate along the eastern flyway from Wisconsin to Florida by Operation Migration . The estimated 76 whooping cranes that currently migrate in the eastern flyway are on the move now. They have been sighted in KY, TN and IN enroute from their wintering grounds in Florida to nesting grounds in Wisconsin. All of these whooping cranes were costume reared to keep them wild and were taught to migrate following Operation Migration's ultralight aircraft. At last report, March 9, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge population of 266 whooping cranes had not yet begun migration. This original population, now at its highest number since the early 1940's, migrates from wintering grounds on the Texas coast to nesting grounds in the Wood Buffalo Reserve, Northwest Territories of Canada.
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.