In addition to the parent-reared chicks released at Necedah NWR, costumed-reared Whooping Crane chicks will join the eastern migratory flock. The chicks were raised in captivity by costumed handlers and have been imprinted on an ultralight aircraft. They will learn the migration route by following the ultralight from White River Marsh in Wisconsin to the Gulf Coast of Florida. More information on the migration will be available when it begins in October.
In addition to parent-reared chicks released at Necedah and former ultralight-led Whooping Cranes which also migrate from Wisconsin to Florida, wild Whooping Cranes continue to migrate from Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.