GREEN LAKE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Eight baby Wisconsin whooping cranes are well on their way to Florida, as part of the 13th annual migration effort to reintroduce the endangered bird in the Eastern U.S.
The group left a wildlife area in Green Lake County on October 2nd. They're being guided by ultralight pilot from the Operation Migration program.
Meanwhile, 8 other baby cranes that were destined for Florida have not veered far from a separate departure point at the Horicon Marsh at last word.
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership said one of the Horicon babies died recently -- and the rest of the birds were still in the region as of late last week. Those cranes were supposed to be guided by older cranes that have made the trip to Florida in the past.
Elsewhere, the Operation Migration group is about to go through Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia before reaching its winter destination at the Saint Mark's National Wildlife Refuge on Florida's Gulf Coast.
The partnership says the migration project has resulted in 110 cranes living in the wild. About 600 total cranes exist today, almost 450 in the wild.