6 more whooping cranes now headed to Florida

HORICON, Wis. (AP) -- Six more young whooping cranes are now on their way to Florida.

The cranes are part of the project conducted by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, which is an international coalition of organizations that is reintroducing the bird in eastern North America.

The birds were released Monday at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Dodge County in the company of older cranes to learn the migration route south.

Biologists with the International Crane Foundation raised the birds before they arrived in Dodge County.

Five other juvenile whooping cranes are being led south by ultralight aircraft. That's being done with Operation Migration. Those cranes left Green Lake County Sept. 28 and were in Piatt County, Illinois as of Wednesday due to high winds.


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