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UPDATE: Whooping crane migration enters Kentucky

UPDATED Tuesday, November 19, 2013 --- 5:55 a.m.

MORGANFIELD, Ky. (AP) -- 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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, October 30, 2013 --- 5:23 a.m.

MAYVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Two groups of Wisconsin-raised whooping cranes have been released to fly toward warmer climates for the winter.

Nine were released last Thursday from the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Dodge County near some older whooping cranes from which they will learn the migration route south.

On Oct. 2, eight young whooping cranes left the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area in Green Lake County. They are being led south by ultralight planes operated through Operation Migration. They were in Winnebago County, Ill. as of Tuesday and are expected to arrive at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida by the end of the year.

Both efforts are done through Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, an international coalition of public and private groups reintroducing the species in eastern North America.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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