Operation Migration - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Operation Migration

Posted: Updated:

Endangered whooping cranes will soon make their way through Georgia on their way to a National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

Tuesday, students at Twin Oaks Elementary learned about how the birds migrate.

Operation Migration was developed ten years ago.

It uses ultra-light aircraft to train cranes to migrate from Wisconsin to Florida.

When no parental birds exist, chicks do not know where to migrate.

Starting in early October, the birds will travel 1,250 miles through seven states.

Last year, three birds were shot and killed near Albany.

"We are trying to raise awareness that there is going to be big white birds flying over and people should not shoot them," says Taylor Richter, Operation Migration Volunteer.

You can follow the migration online through a live feed.

Copyright 2011 WALB.  All rights reserved.