Whooping Cranes Depart From Horicon Marsh

10/26/11 – Eight more Wisconsin baby whooping cranes have just started a journey to Florida, as part of an annual migration project. The endangered birds were released Sunday from the Horicon Marsh in Dodge County, where they joined older cranes which have taken the trip south. Meanwhile, 10 other baby cranes have still not left Wisconsin. They took off from a marsh in Marquette and Green Lake counties over two weeks ago with the help of an ultra-light pilot. Windy weather has held them up – and according to the Operation Migration Web site, one of those 10 birds went missing and is still being sought. The Wisconsin part of the project used to be centered at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge – but it split up this year. Ninety-six birds have survived since the migration project began in 2001. It’s part of a long-running effort to reintroduce the endangered whooping crane to the eastern U-S.