Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 19:53:45 -0400
Reply-To: Pat Sully <prsully@BELLSOUTH.NET>
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From: Pat Sully <prsully@BELLSOUTH.NET>
Subject: Re: Whooping Cranes
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> Subject: re:whooping cranes
> > Whooping cranes were grounded by FAA restrictions
> > by Jenny Price
> > The Associated Press
> > Flight restrictions federal aviation officials
> > imposed following
> > terrorist
> > attacks in New York and Washington did not just halt
> > commercial air
> > travel
> > and strand travelers worldwide. They also temporarily
> > grounded a group
> > of
> > nine whooping cranes in Wisconsin getting ready to
> > fly south for
> > winter.
> > Researchers with the nonprofit group Operation
> > Migration are hoping to
> > establish the nation's second migratory flock of the
> > endangered birds
> > by
> > leading the cranes with an ultralight aircraft in
> > October to the
> > Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in central
> > Florida.
> > To build up their endurance for the journey, the
> > cranes have been
> > taking to
> > the skies over the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
> > since July, led by
> > the
> > ultralight.
> > The birds' training flights were halted Sept. 11 when
> > the Federal
> > Aviation
> > Administration grounded aircraft that use visual
> > flight rules, which
> > allow
> > small aircraft to fly with little contact with air
> > traffic
> > controllers.
> > Since the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade
> > Center, the FAA had
> > allowed only instrument-rated pilots who file flight
> > plans with
> > airports to
> > fly.
> > But the cranes resumed their training flights Friday
> > after the
> > government
> > reopened the nation's rural airspace to small planes,
> > including the
> > ultralights used to train the whooping cranes.
> > "They flew really beautifully this morning,''
> > Operation Migration
> > pilot
> > Deke
> > Clark said after taking the cranes for an 8-minute
> > flight Saturday
> > morning.
> > The birds, which hatched in May from eggs at the
> > Patuxent Wildlife
> > Research
> > Center in Laurel, Md., exercise daily to build their
> > strength so they
> > can
> > follow the ultralight, as they would their parents,
> > on a predetermined
> > route
> > south.
> > "If this (the FAA restrictions) went on for about
> > two, two-and-a-half
> > weeks,
> > it would have been very difficult to make it all come
> > together,''
> > Clark
> > said.
> > Beth Goodman, with the state Department of Natural
> > Resources
> > endangered
> > resources program, said officials were considering
> > writing letters and
> > making telephone calls to win an exemption from the
> > FAA for the crane
> > migration project before officials lifted the
> > restrictions.
> > "If we had lost a fair amount of time, or the project
> > would have
> > ended,
> > that
> > would have been very sad,'' Goodman said.
> > Goodman and Clark said the birds won't leave right on
> > schedule, but
> > there's
> > still time to make up their missed training so they
> > can leave for
> > Florida
> > by
> > mid-October.
> > "I'd just as soon not fly in the snow,'' said Clark,
> > a retired
> > military and
> > commercial airline pilot.
> > The cranes started their training when the sound of
> > an ultralight
> > engine
> > was
> > played to them while they were still in the eggs.
> > The whooping cranes will follow the same route south
> > that 11 sandhill
> > cranes
> > from the Necedah refuge following an ultralight took
> > last October. The
> > sandhill cranes made the return trip on their own
> > last spring.
> > Whooping cranes, named for their loud mating call,
> > were thought to
> > number
> > between 700 and 1,400 in North America before
> > unregulated hunting and
> > habitat destruction brought them close to extinction
> > in the 1940s.
> > About 400 whooping cranes exist in the world, with
> > 188 of them
> > migratory.
> > >>
> > Troy Ettel
> > State Ornithologist
> > Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
> > P.O. Box 40747
> > Nashville, TN 37204
> > (615) 781-6653
> > firstname.lastname@example.org