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You probably know I love aviation stories and this is one about some special pilots facing new obstacles.
As they try to help warping cranes.
Fly away home you might say the birds were near extinction in this country back in the 1940s.
But the flock has grown to nearly 600.
Thanks in part to operation migration whose founders inspired the movie fly away home that was about -- But this is about whooping cranes the organization flies light aircraft to -- -- cranes south for the winter.
The odds -- are often very much against them.
Joseph dobbs is joining us now live on the phone he is in Franklin County Alabama.
We have a convenient photograph of you up there on the screen right now Joseph because most of the time you looked more like this sort of the stay puff marshmallow man.
With -- -- would have begun your hands tell us what's what's going on why -- you -- those suits when you're interacting with the -- Well this is trying to disguise the human form basically we're.
By the time I ever derive implode actually been conditioned to follow followers from Wisconsin they -- never -- human voice it -- have never seen that car.
-- -- -- And the golden parachute and normally dressed person so once they're released into the wild the first time they encounter those things they're afraid of them -- after all this this migration effort are birds are still wild birds.
So when they hatch they imprint on the the first.
Person -- thing they see you try I guess direct resemble.
A whopping grain -- Under very -- a weak area vocalize or an MP3 player and a speaker that broadcast the natural free call away also carry a puppet that looks like an adult cranes and with that we can -- -- -- -- control region and matched the when you don't talk you actually become a crane.
We have some video up right now that you provided as of of what take off looks like you're flying these ultralight aircraft really hang gliders motorized hang gliders.
And the cranes actually learned -- follow you on.
That's -- it starts throwing -- when the checkered affiliate we start playing a recording of the aircraft engine and and we do a lot of ground look listen getting accustomed to listen and then they learn to follow -- eventually it belongs.
Hard to hard process takes a lot of work but it does work.
Now these cranes are born in Wisconsin is that right that's where they hatch.
No actually -- -- -- parks and wildlife research center in Maryland they have the largest have to walk -- whooping -- Back when the looking -- -- almost extinct it will civic in the captivity this if they could safeguard dispute -- -- And we used that just -- and to generate GA fully.
All right so you are flying down to Florida it's my understanding that their original.
Wintering ground was in Texas why are you going to Florida.
While you're there were several original wintering grounds about when the population was decreased only fifteen bird the last remaining clock winter in that Texas.
But it also messed -- up in the northwest territories of Canada and they made -- 2500 mile migration every year.
The problem is that population is drawn -- but the problem is that it's.
Subject to all kind of stretch you could -- disease or -- occasional occurrence -- the the gulf oil -- It happened a couple of years ago.
So that it's so we really needed affect the population of new and discrete population.
The problem is that -- -- like a lot of birds learn a migration route by following their parent generation.
And the parents in the eastern flywheel electrodes I'm only 187 Asian and then after that -- that's.
But migration route may have evolved for 101000 years perhaps from one generation to the next -- lost -- the last Kurdistan debated.
Joseph we're gonna have to run more -- put some information on our show page for people who wanna learn more and I just love this I'd love to be able look off my wing tip and -- will -- grain right there.
Anyway great story Joseph we know -- you're going on down to Florida we wish wish you well stalled by the weather right now as I understand it but they'll get that.
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