“A small flock of year-old whooping cranes led south by an ultralight aircraft has been wiped out by violent storms that swept over their habitat in the Florida salt marshes.
The 18 birds were raised in a Wisconsin sanctuary and left last fall on a 2,000-kilometre migration that took 78 days.
“They were strong and healthy birds, and they’re all gone now,” said Joe Duff, one of the lead ultralight pilots and co-founder of Operation Migration. …
Read the story in the Toronto Star here: http://www.thestar.com/News/article/178087