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From October 5th through December 19th, our
class monitored Operation
Migration's Fall 2006 Ultralight-aircraft-guided Whooping Crane migration, via the internet.
This year, eighteen captive-raised chicks were taught a migration
route from Wisconsin to Florida. I told my students
that my wish is that they will remember this historic event and, one
day, tell their children the story about how the Whooping Crane USED TO
BE an endangered species and about the remarkable efforts that
incredibly creative, talented and dedicated people made to bring the
species back from near-extinction!
wildlife equivalent to putting a man on the moon!"
Marshall Jones, USFWS
early-March, Mrs. Black's
six-year-old daughter illustrated a note card to help Operation
Migration raise funds in memory of the cranes. Cards are being sold for $2.00 each, via
the Operation Migration website. Operation
Migration reports that fifty cards were sold the first day they were available!!
16th, our "Life Lessons for Primary Students" piece was
on the Journey North website (see "After the Storm"), to help teachers
and students across North America with the grief process
6th, a couple in Illinois made a donation to Operation
Migration's "remembrance fund," in honour of our class. We are
very grateful to them, for giving us something to
celebrate in the midst of our sadness.
the storms that swept across central Florida, on the night of
February 1st/2nd, killing 20 people and destroying 1,500 homes, also
claimed the lives of 17 of the 18 juvenile Whooping Cranes we monitored throughout the
12th, our class donated a book to the Harriett Todd Public School
Library. "Whoop Dreams: The Historic Migration," was
originally given to our class by the author, Jane Duden, who is also
the Whooping Crane editor at Journey
11th, The Ladies of the Lake
Environmental Group phoned Mrs. Black to ask her some questions
about the crane project, her impressions of Environmental Education
in Simcoe County, and whether she would like to make a presentation,
about the crane project, at one of their meetings!
11th, Jane Duden, of Journey
North, e-mailed to say that the "winner medal,"
and other party paraphernalia our class mailed to her, had arrived
at her home in Minneapolis:
Jane Duden, of Journey North
3rd, Mrs. Black delivered "winner medals," and a paper
mache crane the class made, to the Operation Migration office
in Port Perry, Ontario:
Chris Danilko, of Operation
Joe Duff and Liz Condie, of Operation