R.T. Wolfe Donates Proceeds of Romantic Suspense, Flying in Shadows, to Operation Migration

om_logoI am dontating 10% of the May proceeds from my romantic suspense, Flying in Shadows, to Operation Migration. These guys are addciting. They raise highly endangered Whooping crane chicks (which grow to be 5 foot tall, by the way) and teach them to follow their glider plane from Wisconsin to Florida. Their travels are posted, photographed and videod. While you read a bit from Operation Migration’s own Heather Ray, I am off to go ‘purchase’ a mile of travel of for these dedicated scientists.

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What is Operation Migration?

by Heather Ray, Director of Development, Niagara Falls, Operation Migration

Whooping Cr flt training 9-8-11Operation Migration is a non-profit organization, which developed a method utilizing ultralight aircraft to teach migration to captive-raised, precocial bird species such as Canada geese, Trumpeter swans, Sandhill cranes and most recently, endangered Whooping cranes. You may have seen their work in the 1995 Columbia Pictures film Fly Away Home.HPIM0440.JPG

In collaboration with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, Operation Migration has played a leading role in the reintroduction of endangered Whooping cranes into eastern North America since 2001.

IMG_6180It is believed that approximately 1,400 whooping cranes existed in 1860.

Their population declined due to hunting and habitat loss until 1941 when the last migrating flock dwindled to an all-time low of 15 birds. The wild, naturally occuring western flock has slowly increased to over 180. This flock winters in and around Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf coast of Texas. In spring, they migrate north, nesting in Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles the border of Alberta and Northwest Territories in Canada.127_2742_1

Scientists have long recognized the risk of having all of the wild whooping cranes using one wintering and breeding location. With all the wild birds concentrated in one small area, the population could be wiped out by disease, bad weather, or human impacts. Whooping crane survival depends on additional, separated populations.

To that end, in 2001 Operation Migration (OM) and the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership began using OM’s method to teach captive produced Whooping cranes and suitable migration path between Wisconsin and Florida. There are currently 108 cranes in this reintroduced flock and they continue to migrate – twice annually – between their summer home in Wisconsin and their Winter territories in southeastern U.S.


Field Journal (Daily blog of all things Whooping cranes and updates on our work through out the year) http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OperMigration

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OperationMigration

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Give A WHOOP donation page: https://secure.operationmigration.org/np/clients/om/donation.jsp?campaign=29


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10 Responses to R.T. Wolfe Donates Proceeds of Romantic Suspense, Flying in Shadows, to Operation Migration

  1. How cool is this? Kudos to you for protecting our environment and these awesome cranes. Wonderful work! 😀

    • R.T. says:

      OM is truly an insanely dedicated organization. I ‘buy’ miles each year to help them on their trek south. So dang fun.

  2. I think it is great that you are getting the word out about this organization because I never knew it existed and find its work fascinating! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • R.T. says:

      M.J.: They’re crazy. I’m dumbfounded at the lengths they fly (pun intended) to help these highly endangered creatures. I follow their recorded migration path each year. -R.T.

  3. H. Danielle Crabtree (@hedanicree) says:

    When I saw your post for this, I immediately thought of Fly Away Home. I love all your conservation interests. It just gives your readers one more fantastic reason to buy your books — to support a worthy cause.

  4. The movie was really good. I think it’s wonderful that you support this program. Best of luck with your books!

    • R.T. says:

      HiDee: Did you know the movie was based on a true story and truly influenced the beginnings of Operation Migration and their work with teaching Whooping cranes to migrate? Amazing. I only hope I can bring some new interest these guys. -R.T.

  5. Fascinating! I never knew such an organization existed. Very cool how they teach migration using planes. Thanks for sharing and enlightening us! Good luck.


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