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Young Whooping Cranes Headed For Florida Stranded In Alabama

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Young Whooping Cranes completing their first migration, from Wisconsin to Florida, in January 2009, following an ultralight aircraft. This procedure is carried out by Operation Migration. (Source: CBS4)

Young Whooping Cranes completing their first migration, from Wisconsin to Florida, in January 2009, following an ultralight aircraft. This procedure is carried out by Operation Migration. (Source: CBS4)

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TROY, Alabama (CBSMiami/AP) – Eight young whooping cranes, that are supposed to be on their way to Florida, remain grounded Friday in Alabama due to flying conditions.

Operation Migration, an organization working with the birds on their journey to the Sunshine State, says the birds’ journey has been delayed because of winds.

The group is in Pike County south of Montgomery, but workers hope to get the cranes moving again on Saturday.

The birds are making a more than 1,100-mile journey from Wisconsin to Florida’s Gulf Coast.

The young birds are being guided along the route by pilots in tiny airplanes called ultralights.

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