The world's Whooping Crane population reached a low of only 15 birds in 1941, bringing this species to the brink of extinction. The Eastern Whooping Crane Partnership began the reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to the eastern United States in 2001 when Operation Migration began the first ultralight-led migration south teaching juvenile Whooping Cranes their migration route.
"Flying South", a watercolor by Vickie Henderson, 2013. This image is one of four of Vickie's watercolor images that appear on banners at the entrance and exit to the Whooping Crane Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
Watch the video and learn more about this project and how Whooping Cranes learn their migration route in the east. To begin the video with the Operation Migration story, move the video cursor to minute 9:16.
To see my blog posts on the Smithsonian National Zoo project visit: Whooping Crane art
To see more Whooping Crane art visit: Whooping Crane Watercolor Gallery
For more about the organizations helping Whooping Cranes:
International Crane Foundation
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership