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Bird program takes flight

<p>Graduating with flying colours earlier this year, the class of 2007 Calgary Zoo whooping cranes are halfway along their journey to Florida.</p>

Endangered cranes from city off to Florida



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The whooping cranes at the Calgary Zoo are part of an ongoing migratory program that sends some of the birds to Florida over the winter months.





Graduating with flying colours earlier this year, the class of 2007 Calgary Zoo whooping cranes are halfway along their journey to Florida.





Six whooping cranes from the city departed from the Wisconsin Necedah National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 13 after arriving from Calgary and are more than halfway to their Florida destination.





The Calgary Zoo partakes in an international program to help the survival and re-introduction into the wild for the endangered species of whooping cranes.





Bob Peel, curator at the Calgary Zoo, said the program is important because of the critically low number of whooping cranes left in the world.





“The six birds flying now are a collaborative effort which is so important and we’re so proud to be a part of putting endangered animals back into the wild,” Peel told Metro. “There are only 500 whooping cranes left in the world so the animals we contribute make a difference.”





The amazing journey of the flock of birds can be tracked through the Operation Migration website at www.operationmigration.org. The Calgary birds are numbers 703, 706, 712, 713, 722 and 724.


 
 
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