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Operation Migration to End 25-year Mission to Help Save Whooping Cranes

Champion for cranes that helped grow population is dissolving end of year


August 23, 2018

After years of successfully guiding young Whooping Cranes on their first southward migration, internationally renowned Operation Migration has announced it is permanently closing at the end of 2018.

The aircraft-guided migration trips and the public attention and support Operation Migration generated globally helped restore Whooping Cranes to the former range in eastern North America. The cranes remain endangered and are a federally protected species.

Operation Migration originated 25 years ago when two artists turned aviators developed a method of teaching migratory birds to follow an a...

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