Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

July 28, 2013

Class Of 2013 Cranes

Whooping Cranes following the ultralight
Picture credit: Tim Ross

This is a very exciting day for those of us here in Florida who love the spectacular Whooping Cranes.
The young ones have just arrived at their ”Crane College” today in Wisconsin from the
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland and will spend the summer
getting a complete ”Crane Education.”
In the Fall, after their “training” is finished, these beauties will begin their migration south, or Operation Migration, following the ultralight on the long journey to their winter home here in Florida.
Florida is famous for its Snowbirds and these Endangered beauties are just another
example of why so many love to come down here every year and spend their winters in paradise.
When the young birds finally do get here in the Fall, people will come from all over the country to see them in their winter homes at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s Gulf or West Coast, near Tampa.
So, until we see you in September babies, listen to your teachers and play nice with the other kids~
You may learn more about our beautiful Whooping Cranes here:
These links are to stories about their arrival today in Wisconsin:

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