MNN Galleries

10 odd ways we protect endangered species

Sept. 10, 2010, 11:50 a.m.
whooping crane migration

Photo: Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership

7 of 12

Flight school

Whooping cranes raised by caretakers in those funny suits must be taught to migrate because they’ve never witnessed migration. The International Whooping Crane Recovery Team began using light aircrafts to show young cranes how to fly from Florida to Wisconsin each year. The program was extremely successful and as of October 2009, 77 whooping cranes have followed a plane north and south each year.