Last month,I traveled more than 3 hours from Chicago to attend the Necedah Whooping Crane and Wildlife Fest. For the last few years, my class has been tracking the migration of whooping crane chicks following ultralight airplanes. It's an amazing project and as the children became hooked on whoopers, so did I. In Necedah, I met members of the Operation Migration Team, tried "Whooper Brew" (a yummy beer made by local brewery), toured the refuge where the chicks are trained, sat in an ultralight, and saw an adult whooping crane in the wild. It was such a wonderful experience and it made me even more excited about teaching my new class about whooping cranes.
On Wednesday, I received an email from Operation Migration telling me that my name was chosen in the Change4Cranes drawing and that I would receive a classroom visit from the O.M. team. So incredible! Now, my students will be able to experience the same excitement that I did in Necedah. They'll be able to ask questions and learn first hand about the whooping cranes from the people so integrally involved in their conservation. Here's the announcement from Journey North.