I follow the activities daily of Operation Migration, part of a group teaching whooping cranes to migrate behind an ultralight aircraft. If you remember the old Disney movie "Follow Me Home" about the geese being taught to migrate, these are the same people. They are trying to re-establish an eastern flock in the US. In the forties, we were down to 15 birds in the wild in the western flock. This number has increased greatly, but if some illness were to kill off that flock, there would be no more. So this project is to establish an eastern flock to safeguard the species. The "first family" was the first pair of whooping cranes to raise a whooping crane in the wild in the eastern flyway in over one hundred years (2006). They were taught to migrate in 2002 and have been migrating by themselves ever since. The female's remains were found the other day, and necropsy determined that she had been shot. Here is a press release pdf if you're interested in reading more. http://www.operationmigration.org/USFWS_whoopingcrane.pdf PS, I stand corrected, the movie was "Fly Away Home".