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February 1: Just One Flight Away
The Class of 2015 crossed into Florida Jan. 30. Their winter home, and the final ultralight-led migration for the eastern flock, is one flight away. More...

Class of 2015 fly with ultralight on migration
  Doug Pellerin

On the brink of extinction, only 15 wild migratory Whooping cranes remained in the early 1940s. Since 2001, with ultralight aircraft leading the way, a new wild flock is being reintroduced to the eastern U.S. The goal is 25 breeding pairs from 125 birds by 2020. This new flock has had limited success in nesting, and the fragile migratory population has a rocky road ahead. Why is it so hard for an endangered species to recover? The new Eastern flock provides a unique chance to learn about the challenges of survival.

 

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