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Wisconsin cranes make it to Florida

outdoors Ellsworth,Wisconsin 54011
Pierce County Herald
Wisconsin cranes make it to Florida
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Twenty Wisconsin whooping cranes have made it to Florida - and they're getting close to their final winter nesting spots.

The baby cranes landed yesterday in Jefferson County Florida. They'll soon break into two groups and fly to a pair of national wildlife refuges, where experts hope they'll mate with other cranes.

It's part of a nine-year-old project called "Operation Migration." The goal is to re-introduce the endangered whooping crane in the eastern U.S. The baby cranes will be joined by others who've made the trip before them. The veterans fly on their own - just like the baby cranes will, when they head north this spring.