The Cranes Have Landed

Nov 19, 2013

A flock of whooping cranes being guided by an aircraft on the way to Florida has arrived in Kentucky.  

The endangered birds began a migration in early October from a wildlife area in Wisconsin.  A release from the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership this week says the cranes have entered Union County.  It is the 13th group of birds involved in a project to reintroduce the species in eastern North America.  The birds are following two ultralight aircraft on a journey through Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia to reach a wintering habitat at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in the Gulf Coast.

The cranes can be viewed on a live webcam at