Whooping Cranes

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) - Eleven young whooping cranes are flying
across Alabama as part of Operation Migration's effort to help the
species recover from the brink of extinction.

Operation Migration says the cranes entered the state from
Tennessee on Thursday morning and spent Thursday night in Walker
County. They plan to fly Friday to Lowndes County and then make a
stop in Pike County before heading to south Georgia and then
Florida.

The program teaches the endangered birds a migration route by
having them follow ultralight aircraft from Wisconsin.

Alabama Power is one of the sponsors of the program. Vice
President Matt Bowden said it's a treat to see the rare birds in
flight.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-02-10 1847EST


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